‘Alice’ roles

Watermans Arts Centre

Dramacube at West London’s leading Arts Centre! 

I am delighted to confirm that our next production Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR, will be performed at West London’s leading Arts Centre, the Watermans.

The Watermans is a vibrant professional theatre with an excellent 238 seat auditorium, impressive high-tech lighting and sound facilities and a large back stage area, ideal for large-cast musicals.

The venue also boasts a cinema, high quality restaurant, bar and snack bar with riverside views.

Having worked at the Watermans on numerous occasions as a professional actor, being back at this wonderful theatre has a special meaning for me, and I know our young casts will benefit hugely from the experience.

Our production of Alice in Wonderland will be staged at the theatre week commencing Sunday 18th March with the final performance on Saturday 24th March (one week before Easter).

I look forward to seeing you all at the theatre next March.

Steve Leslie, Artistic Director

 

Halloween Fun at Dramacube

Students at Dramacube celebrated Halloween in style with a musical theatre performance centred around a ghost story in Scarborough.

With a wonderful mix of haunting songs, creepy story telling and fun movement set to the Michael Jackson classic hit Thriller, the audience was both entertained and scared at Hampton Hill Theatre on Friday afternoon.

Prizes including; Dramacube T-shirts, Gift Vouchers from Fiesta Party Store in Twickenham and lots of sweets were shared among six lucky winners for the best costume.

Our next holiday workshop will take place during the Easter holidays in 2018.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Richmond Theatre Give Away!!!

Having teamed up with Richmond Theatre, we are delighted to have 4 tickets to give away for “As you Like It” on Monday 6th Nov.
For a chance to win these tickets, all you have to do is Like & follow us on Facebook with a comment  “RichmondTheatreGiveaway” or retweet on Twitter  adding the same comment #RichmondTheatreGiveaway. Winner will be announced this Sunday 5th by midday 

Final Costume Designs

In this post costume designer Akshy Marayen has shared the above costume designs for some of the play’s supporting characters.

For the Apple Seller, Bundles, Chauffeur, Dog Catcher, LT Ward, Policeman and Usherette I researched 1930s work-wear uniforms and then considered how I could convey these job roles through costumes that maintain a consistent 1930s aesthetic.

The cast will start to work with their new costumes at our first dress rehearsal.

More Annie JR. Costume Designs!

We caught up with costume designer Akshy Marayen again this week, who shared a few more ideas with us.

Rooster is a con artist whose girlfriend Lily St. Regis serves as his accomplice. As a couple they are both vain and greedy which is reflected in their costumes.

Despite their lack of money, they enjoy looking fashionable and the attention it brings; in order to fund this lifestyle, they are willing to source money through dishonest means.  I was keen to make their costumes seem almost like a caricature of fashion and glamour in the 1930s.

I hoped to convey a similar idea when designing Miss Hannigan’s costume. I feel that Miss Hannigan uses clothes and jewellery as a method of escape from her own life. She adores to dress up in her own ideas of glamour, but often comes across as a clumsy attempt at such. This is why I wanted her costume to be slightly mismatched, with many different clashing colours.

Interview with Annie Cornewall-Walker

This week we had the pleasure of speaking with Dramacube Actor Annie Cornewall-Walker. Annie has appeared in numerous productions at Dramacube and recently played the role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan.  Annie is currently appearing in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Being part of a professional production must be really exciting.  Can you tell us about the audition process and what it was like when you were offered the part?

I got given the words to the songs and had to look at them quickly, they just put the music on and I had to just try and sing them! When they said I could join the cast I was really pleased and excited. Especially because there was no Dramacube show over the summer and I really wanted to be in something and had been looking

Can you tell us more about your involvement in the show and what you are required to do in terms of singing and dance?

I have to sing – a lot! I am part of the chorus & we are on stage all the time, we sit on steps going up both sides of the stage and we do all the back-up singing for every song through the production. We also have some ‘moves/dancing’.

What is it like working with a cast of professional adult actors?

It’s very exciting and I haven’t done anything like it before and we are obviously the youngest people there and it is quite exciting watching all the older people do their acting, dancing and singing.

They are really nice people and very friendly and they talk and chat to us…it is really exciting!

We often remind our actors at Dramacube how important it is to learn their lines and lyrics thoroughly. What techniques did you use to learn your lyrics for the show?

I put the songs on all the time and listened to them over and over again, and sang along to them constantly – around the house, in bed, in the car. Once you start singing them around the place, you get them in to your head.

Most of our shows at Dramacube are rehearsed once a week. How long was the rehearsal period for ‘Joseph’ and what was the process? (Ie; read through, blocking, choreography, singing etc)

There were not a lot of rehearsals (because it was over the summer holidays) so I was expected to learn it all at home, it takes  time to do it because you are learning the whole show, all the songs and a lot of words and we all knew them in the end so it was very good!

At rehearsals leading up to the show, we would go through all the songs and we sang all our parts. They were about 3 hours twice a week.

Were you nervous when you started the show and how did you overcome any first night nerves?

At first I was a little bit nervous because I wasn’t sure I was going to sing every word right but when you are on stage it just comes to you. Once I had done the first show I wasn’t nervous at all because I knew I could do it and I really loved it!

Which theatres have you performed at so far and where can we come and see you?

I am doing 2 different theatres – 5 or 6 shows at each. I have done Woking Theatre and I am going to perform at Richmond Theatre in October,

You’ve appeared in a number of Dramacube productions.  What has been your favourite and why?  

Peter Pan because it was my biggest part so far! I was Captain Hook so that was definitely my favourite and it was very exciting. I got to perform it at a few different places too!

I really liked ‘High School Musical’ too because there was a lot of dancing

What tips would you give to other young actors/actresses about going for auditions?

Stay calm, don’t be nervous – once you are in there you get used to it & most of the time they will tell you what to do and give you basic instructions that you can follow easily. It’s nerve racking at first but not for long because you know what you have to do

Looking ahead, what is next in the pipe-line for you?

Next year’s show at DRAMACUBE and hopefully more shows like ‘Joseph’ because I am really enjoying it – I would like to be an actor when I am older so I want to keep doing this so I can do bigger productions when I am older and have a big part like all the adults in the ‘Joseph’!

Win Theatre Tickets, Gift Vouchers and much More!!! 

Competition Time
Win Theatre Tickets, Gift Vouchers and much More!!! 
Here at Dramacube HQ, we love a bit of competition.
With this in mind, we will be running regular competitions on our Facebook page Dramacube Productions and via our Twitter feed @dramacubeshows.
Prizes will include lots of goodies such as theatre tickets, restaurant vouchers and money off Dramacube projects.
All you have to do is like, comment, post, share, retweet or follow! More details to follow via FB & Twitter #comingyourway #watchoutforfreebies #sharingthelove

Annie JR. Costume Designs

Annie in Hampton Hill, Richmond & Teddington

Costume Designs by Akshy Marayen

With our rehearsals at our Richmond & Kingston, Twickenham & Teddington and Hampton Hill & Sunbury locations starting this week, the creative team behind the scenes have been busy preparing for the production.  In this post, costume designer Akshy Marayen shares some of her designs for the Orphans.

The above image details the orphan costumes.

During The Great Depression in 1933 many children found themselves orphaned and living in poverty.

When designing the orphans’ costumes I conducted thorough research to find out what these children might have been wearing. Most of their clothing would have been donations likely to have been ill-fitting and in poor condition, and would have got progressively worse through wear and tear.

Having a background in textiles I understand that each part of wear and breakdown serves to illustrate specific parts of the character’s story.

The children’s clothes would be dirty and worn down as they are cleaning all day and would be faded through overuse.

The colour of their clothes would be dull and murky, because whenever washed it is likely they were all washed at the same time making the clothes greyer.

I was also very keen that the orphan costumes contrasted dramatically with the wealthier class that Oliver Warbucks associates with.

Dramacube Half Term Halloween Workshop

Join us for a thrilling three-day half term workshop this October! 

Inspired by scary songs, spooky tales and creepy dance routines from stage and screen, this workshop will certainly set the scene for

Acting, Singing, Dance Workshop

Half Term Workshop

Halloween.

Children will participate in acting, singing and dance, all supported by a professional director, choreographer and musical director. They will work towards a performance under the lights on day three – free for family and friends!

Days one and two will be at the United Reformed Church (on Hampton Hill High Street). The technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal and performance will be in the Noel Coward Studio at Hampton Hill Theatre on day three.

Who:    Children aged 7-14yrs

When:  Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th October, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Price:   £99 (Save £10 when you quote “Stanley School”) Sibling discounts also available, though only one discount may be applied.

Register today through our Online Form, by email contact@dramacube.co.uk or by phone on 020 8408 0245.

www.dramacubeproductions.co.uk