Footlights Presents: GHOST the Musical

by exeterfootlights in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th January 2020 we successfully raised £1,320 with 39 supporters in 41 days

Help Exeter University Footlights take our production of GHOST the Musical! to the Exeter Northcott Theatre this January!

by exeterfootlights in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

About our production:

Based on the iconic film starring Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost tells a powerful story of enduring love and betrayal using humour, tragedy and an enchanting musical score. 

Just steps away from their New York apartment, young couple Sam and Molly are mugged at gunpoint, resulting in Sam’s sudden death. As he learns that he is trapped between this world and the next, the ghost of Sam desperately attempts to reconnect to Molly in her mortal realm.

Featuring famous songs such as ‘Unchained Melody’ and brought to life by the very best performers Exeter University has to offer, this story of magic and love across borders is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle for everyone.

Footlights is performing “Ghost” at the Exeter Northcott Theatre from 22nd – 25th January. Tickets are available here:

Here are some of the cast in rehearsal:

Working with a gripping plot and captivating score, our creative team have taken “Ghost” in a stunning artistic direction. We are using innovative projection design to create the abstract concept of the boundaries between this world and the next, within the urban feel of modern New York and with huge helpings of glitz and glamour. Characters, songs and scenes have also been reinterpreted to bring the musical into a more up-to-date context, which we cannot wait to share!

With the ambitious plans for performance, tech, props, costume and set, bringing our production to (after)life is no small task, and we need your help to make this a reality!

Why do we need your help?

We at Footlights commit to bringing large-scale, high-quality productions to the Northcott stage, and public donations are an incredibly crucial part of how we achieve this. Bringing our production and vision to life requires significant collaboration between students and the community. Whether through being part of the audience, sharing your support on social media and via word of mouth, and engaging via donations, the support of the wider community is an integral part of what keeps Footlights going. 

Our shows provide a creative and supportive environment that nurtures those seeking practical experience for a future career, creating something new, or simply wanting to learn new skills whilst having fun in the process. We have almost 100 talented students from across different degrees and year groups making up the “Ghost” cast, band and production team, and they will all benefit hugely from your generous donations. 

For more regular updates on our production, please like and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook:

Twitter: @FootlightsUoE

Instagram: @exeterfootlights

Facebook: @exeteruniversityfootlights

Where will your money go?

Your donation will contribute to every aspect of the show’s production, such as  venue and equipment hire, show rights, set, costume and publicity. In addition to this crowdfunder, we also run various fundraising events throughout the process, such as bake sales, quizzes, auctions and raffles. To maintain complete transparency, here is a breakdown of our projected income and expenditure for the show: 

We are committed to making the most of every donation, big or small, which means that when the show comes around you can be certain that YOU had a tangible part in making it happen, for which we, in the Ghost family, will be eternally grateful!

Who are Footlights?

Footlights is the University of Exeter’s biggest musical theatre society, committed to delivering fully realised, spectacle-filled productions throughout the year. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and this is one of the fundamental objectives of our group. We want to support and encourage students of all abilities and all levels of experience to exercise their skills and talents, whether this be in the band, cast or production team. Another of our core aims is to provide high quality student theatre, endeavouring to provide a professional experience for all our members (and audiences) which we can only achieve with your help! 

Our Previous Productions:

Over the years, Footlights has put on a number of exciting and successful productions, including:

“Oklahoma!” and “Sweet Charity” in 2019

"Singin' in the Rain" and "My Fair Lady" in 2018

"The Producers" and "Gypsy" in 2017

"The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Addams Family” in 2016

“Every inch of the performance was breathtaking. From the smallest details in set design and transitions to the mesmerising 12-minute dream ballet sequence, the production oozed passion and professionality.” (Her Campus, on Oklahoma!, 2019)

“Sophisticated scenery and set design, incredibly tight vocals and complex, beautifully executed choreography.” (Her Campus, on Singin’ In The Rain, 2018)

"A rip-roaring feast of salacious Broadway indulgence from curtain up to curtain call." (RAZZ Magazine, on The Producers, 2017)

"The level of professionalism is incredibly high: from the quality of the dancers to the classical singers, this performance is reminiscent of a West End production." (Exeposé, on Phantom of the Opera, 2016)

Want to find out more?

If you have any questions about our crowdfunder, production or Footlights itself, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at or through our Facebook page at

Footlights is part of the University of Exeter Students' Guild, a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468 Company Number: 7217324; registered in England and Wales Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ.


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