acting sing dance in Hampton Hill Twickenham Walton

Once again, Dramacube are providing 5-12 years olds with the opportunity to act, sing, dance in Twickenham, Walton and Hampton Hill.

For 5-7 year olds our spectacular Summer Term classes kick off on the 20th April as we explore the magical world of Moana Jr! Each week our little adventurers will enjoy drama and improvisation games, learning songs and routines as they work towards their end of term mini musicals performance at Hampton Hill Theatre.

 

For 8-12 year olds we are thrilled to have secured Disney’s full scale Moana Jr as our production! Each of our five talented tribes (casts) will rehearse weekly with our Musical Theatre Chiefs (Directors & Choreographers) and will perform two full scale productions at Hampton Hill Theatre. This will be a special journey for everyone where, like Moana and Maui, they will make new friendships, challenge themselves, learn to collaborate and be inspired. This feel-good summer show will be filled with Musical Theatre and magic so journey with us as we whisk you away to find the Heart of Te Fiti. Summer Term starts w/c 20th April with final performances on 29th June – 1st July at Hampton Hill Theatre. Spaces are booking up fast so be quick if you would like to join our casts in Hampton Hill, Twickenham and Walton!

Why Moana?

The Character

Moana exudes all the characteristics we admire at Dramacube- she is passionate, brave, thoughtful, strong-willed and caring. Moana also fights for what she believes in and doesn’t give up when things get tough! As an independent thinker she is able to make positive change and even heal damage done by the wrong-doing 0f others.

Culturally Respectful

The creators of the show wrote: “Moana is a celebration of the rich history of Oceania and is based on the beliefs and cultures of real people. In creating the original film, the producers at Disney Animation formed an Oceanic Trust. This group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from islands including Samoa, Tahiti, Mo’orea, and Fiji was integral in the creation of the film, providing feedback and notes on everything from character design and song lyrics to the depiction of culture onscreen.” This attention to detail was carried forward to the show.

Environmentally Aware

Moana has a powerful message about man’s impact on the world and the exploitation of nature. Maui’s abuse of nature results in limited produce and a fire-breathing Te Ka whereas a more respectful approach brings the delightful Te Fiti who can restore balance once again.  We love that we can help to spread such a vital message.

If your child would like to act, sing, dance in Twickenham, Walton & Hampton Hill, please click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

Dramacube Supporting Walton Sea Scouts in Duckathon

Our supporters will already know that we love supporting our local community. Read on to find out how Dramacube is supporting Walton Sea Scouts in a Duckathon!

Dramacube Supporting Walton Sea Scouts in Duckathon!A Totally Quackers Event!

The Walton on Thames Duckathon is an annual race between plastic ducks on the River Thames! This year the Dramacube Duck will be taking part but she needs a costume!

Can you design a “Dramacube” inspired costume for our darling duck to wear?

The winning design will not only be made into a costume by the Dramacube Team, but you’ll also win a Dramacube goody-bag and Holiday Workshop Voucher worth £125.

How to enterDramacube Supporting Walton Sea Scouts in Duckathon!

Sketch your design, scan and email it to contact@dramacube.co.uk  by 19th April.

The winning costume design will be chosen by our Musical Theatre Director and announced on our social media the 20th April.

The Dramacube Team will dress the duck inspired by the winning design.

Come cheer on the Dramacube Duck in the Duckathon Race at 3pm on the 6th May by the The Swan Pub, Walton on Thames.

PLUS you can vote for our Dramacube Duck in the “best dressed” competition run by Love Walton. (details to follow).

Download your Design Form here.

What is a Duckathon?

The Duckathon race is a fundraising event, organised and run by 1st Walton Viking Sea Scouts and part of Love Walton’s Bank Holiday May Fayre on Monday 6th May 2024.

Dramacube Supporting Walton Sea Scouts in Duckathon!There are 2 races on the day:

Corporate Race: Hosted by Love Walton, and supported by local businesses. Brightly coloured, oversized ducks in fancy dress will race for the honour of “Business Duck of the Year” .

Main Race: Two thousand ducks will make a bid for freedom, heading slowly towards the English Channel (well, somewhere past the Swan and The Anglers).

Ducks cost £2 each, with cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25, going, respectively, to the first, second and third ducks across the winning line.

Don’t worry, all plastic ducks are rescued by the Viking Scouts and reused for future races.

Find out more about the 2024 Duckathon and how to buy your duck for the main race here.

If you would like to join a club which supports it’s local community, click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

kids drama company receives rave reviews in Hampton Hill

This week our kids drama company receives rave reviews in Hampton Hill from Green Room Reviews and Mark Aspen Reviews.

Cast A

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Cast A Review

Hampton Hill Theatre until 23rd March

Review by Timothy Brett

With a busy programme of shows over a two-week period, Dramacube wrapped up their run at Hampton Hill Theatre with a deliciously tasty performance of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from their Youth Theatre. For the matinee I was to witness their A cast and what a talented group they are!

“This was a truly impressive ensemble cast”

This was the first time Dramacube had produced a full-length musical, previously sticking to the one-hour junior versions; this was clearly an ambitious project and at times there were moments which required a little more polishing, however this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the piece. It was clear the sold-out audience were loving every minute.

Despite being billed as a musical by Music Theatre International with music by Marc Shaiman & lyrics by Scott Wittman, this production felt very much like a play with music. There were many talented singers on stage, accompanied by a live band, however the songs in this show added little to the wonderful story we all know and love.

Directed by Matthew Bunn and assisted by Rory Cubbin, this production focussed, quite rightly, on the story and all those fascinating infamous characters who make it so special.

Poor deprived Charlie Bucket and his family (mainly made of up bed ridden grandparents) was down on his luck and looking forward to yet another ‘surprise’ dinner of cabbage soup when the unthinkable happens. Somehow his dreams come true when he finds one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets and then the fun really begins!

We soon meet a cacophony of despicable children (Dahl’s speciality) who shout, scream, dance, chew, eat and offend their way into the story and the tour of Wonka’s mysterious factory soon begins. Each of the unpleasant young monsters are soon disposed of by the cunning Wonka and his army of orange, boiler suit clad Oompa Loompas until only Charlie remains and the story, as I’m sure we all know has a very sweet ending.

This was a truly impressive ensemble cast, and whilst it feels unfair to name individuals it would also be wrong of me not to mention Megan Went (Charlie) who lit up the stage and drove the production on from start to finish. She surely has a bright future ahead of her. Abi Eggleton gave a lovely, warm performance as Charlie’s mother and the comic timing of Oliver Musgrave (Grandpa George) and Maddie Oxford (Chocolate / Vegetable Seller) had the audience chuckling throughout. Ramona Sleight (Mrs. Gloop) and her portly son August (Larissa Schaffrik) gave us a toe tapping, knee slapping, hand clapping Bavarian Schuhplattler which certainly upped the tempo, swiftly followed by the impressive Rosa Bruce-Ball’s arrival as the highly demanding and incredibly vile Veruca Salt who screamed her way into the factory. All in all, this colourful mix of Dahl’s characters made for a fun afternoon and was just the ticket for the ideal pre-Easter chocolaty treat.

**** (4 Stars)

Timothy Brett, Green Room Reviews

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Cast B Review

Cast B

Gill Martin wrote:

Charlie Bucket (Rosie Preedy) was a delight, confidently portraying a child brought up in poverty with his widowed mother (Rose Botha) – top marks for her beautiful singing – and four bed-bound grandparents.  Existing on a diet of pre-loved veg, with protein provided by the odd snail on limp cabbage, the family could only dream of affording a chocolate treat from Willy Wonka’s mysterious factory.    

Eccentric chocolatier Mr Wonka (Grace Chenery) has a brittle carapace but a soft centre when it comes to showing five lucky winners of gold tickets around his gloriously nutty empire.

The fortunate five include Charlie and an obnoxious quartet: Augustus Gloop (Alanna Pearman) a bulging Bavarian with yodelling chums in dirndl and lederhosen; Californian Pop Gum Queen Violet (Tabitha Gooding) who sparkled in midnight blue sequins and could well play a young Meghan Markle when The Crown has its next casting; Mike Teavee (Emilia Taylor), a device-addicted geek who can’t raise his eyes from his screen; and a spoilt Russian brat Veruca (Alexa Solhekol) … all chaperoned by their equally dysfunctional parents. 

For the complete review please click here.

If your child would like to be part of a kids drama company that receives rave reviews in Hampton Hill, click here.

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

This week our kids’ theatre group receives rave reviews in Hampton Hill!  At Dramacube we like to provide opportunities for people to experience the magic of musical theatre so we contacted local Girl Guides to see if they would be willing to review our show.  This winning collaboration also helps contribute towards the Girl Guides ‘Media Critic’ badge.  This is what the Guides thought of our shows:

Kids Theatre Group Receives Rave Reviews in Hampton Hill

A Backstage Review!

Last night I attended the captivating performance of Matilda. It was nothing short of magical. The production was filled with energy and talent. From Matilda to the menacing Miss Trunchball, every role was brought to life. The set design and special effects were nothing short of amazing, transporting everyone into Matilda’s world of imagination. (Emeline, Girl Guide)

Seeing Matilda was a great pleasure! All roles were played very well and with excitement. Every second was fantastic, especially Amanda’s pigtail problem! I loved Miss Trunchball- her rolling letters really had an effect on her personality. On the stage I could definitely see some future Hollywood stars! (Constance, Emeline’s Sister)

Our Lovely Media Critics!

This week I went to see Matilda Jr, performed by Dramacube’s, Walton Red Cast. They are a group of children aged 8 to 12 years old. Even though the cast was performed by young people they still performed it professionally, with skill and they never lost the humour. They all performed with good timing, remembered their lines and they sung really well.  My favourite character was Miss Trunchbull, as she gave a lot of humour to the play and the young actress who played her was excellent. The sets were amazing and perfectly laid out so the actors could easily move about. Even though it was shorter and more compact they still pulled it out of the bag. I would 100% recommend this to others to watch and for young people to join the cast. I would happily go and see other Dramacube performances. (Sophie, Girl Guide)

Our Revolting Children!

I had such an amazing time at Hampton Hill theatre. Staff were so friendly and welcoming. The talent on stage is amazing with so many bright young actors/actresses performing. The show made me laugh and smile. Thoroughly enjoyed going to see the show and will be returning in the future.  (Isabelle, Girl Guide)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a really engaging performance with a huge effort coming from all those involved in the production. The show was really well cast and the main performers had the most amazing voices and were extremely convincing actors. The ensemble worked together really well and all mistakes made were well covered up and went almost unnoticed (Megan, Girl Guide).

If you would like your child to be part of a kids theatre group that receives rave reviews in Hampton Hill, please click here.

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

 

Mum's the Word in the Richmond Borough!

Mum’s the Word in the Richmond Borough this month so with that theme in mind, read on to learn about the representation of motherhood in theatre. Let’s start with the colourful characters our 5-7 and 8–12-year-olds are currently getting naughty with in Matilda Jr.

Zinnia Wormwood- Matilda Jr.

Mrs Wormwood enters stage left with a waft of cheap perfume and clicking stilettos.  A rather shallow character who values wealth and appearance above education and individuality.  Although tough and ruthless, she only shows light villainous tendencies and a touch of regret about her failure to understand her only daughter.

Mum's the Word in the Richmond Borough!Miss Honey- Matilda Jr.

Proof that beauty can grow in the most challenging of circumstances, Miss Honey provides hope for our heroine and for the audience.  A caricature of the perfect teacher and mother all rolled into one.   Miss Honey reminds us all to reach for the stars and fight for what we want. Particularly interesting is the representation of motherhood in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory which our 13–18-year-olds are currently gobbling up! 5–12-year-olds will also be exploring Wonka in our Easter Holiday Workshops.

Mrs Bucket-Charlie & the Chocolate FactoryMum's the Word in the Richmond Borough!

Here, the role of motherhood appears impotent in more ways than one.  Mrs Bucket’s ill-fated existence has been moulded by the absence of Charlie’s father and she feels powerless to provide Charlie with the necessities of life.

Echoing this theme, in the 2nd act, Charlie’s mother is left behind and the role of guardian filled by Grandpa Joe. In the end it is Charlie and his male guardians who manage to succeed in achieving financial stability.

Mum's the Word in the Richmond Borough!Mother Nature-Moana

With next term fast approaching, let’s take a look at the role of motherhood in Moana. Apart from her familial relationships, the main role of the mother in Moana, comes in the form of Mother Nature.  This multi-layered tale coveys a profound message about our treatment of and relationship with Mother Nature.  Maui’s abuse of nature results in limited produce and a fire-breathing Te Ka whereas a more respectful approach brings the delightful Te Fiti who can restore balance once again. Enrolment for our Moana Jr. show for 8–12-year-old performers will open soon. 5-7-year-olds will also explore Moana in their Saturday classes.

So help us make sure that Mum’s the Word in the Richmond Borough! For more information about our award-winning shows or to treat your mother to theatre tickets, click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

Book Character Ideas for 5-7yrs in Richmond

With World Book Day fast approaching, parents are desperately seeking book character ideas for 5-7yrs in Richmond so we’ve decided to help you out with a few of the best!

Book Character Ideas for 5-7yrs in RichmondAnimal Characters

Many of our most-beloved children’s books include animals as the main character so Mog the Cat, Zog or 101 Dalmatians are popular choices for dress up days. You may be able to spend less or at least purchase something with further use, as many shops sell animal onesies which you can reuse as pyjamas once the event has passed.

School-based CharactersBook Character Ideas for 5-7yrs in Richmond

Several best-selling children’s books are set in schools which presents a particularly easy option for busy or less creative parents.  With a variety of characters to choose from- Matilda, Harry Potter and the Worst Witch to name but a few, you can easily add a few accessories to make your character stand out.  Having been voted as a number-one choice at Dramacube, we know that Matilda continues to be one of Roald Dahl’s most popular characters as it is loved by both our 5-7yrs Mini Musicals Group and our 8-12yrs who are currently rehearsing the stage show.

Book Character Ideas for 5-7yrs in RichmondDiverse Characters

Diversity is slowly gathering momentum on our book shelves, so if your child wishes to celebrate our beautifully diverse country or choose a character which best represents them, you have some fantastic characters to choose from. Rocket from Look Up, Greta Thunberg from the Big Dreams range, or Asiya from The Proudest Blue, will be both contemporary and original.

If you child loves dressing up as different characters, click here to find out more about our popular drama company.

 

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

Drama for Twickenham, Hampton Hill, Walton Kids!

As you know, Dramacube is seriously busy providing outstanding drama for kids in Walton and Twickenham.  It would seem however, thanks to St Valentine, that everyone else has been busy buying chocolates, and writing smoochy cards for each other!  With that in mind, let’s explore representations of love on stage.

Love of Family: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie clearly has bucketloads of love- pardon the pun- for his family in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wonka.  Charlie is respectful and shows gratitude to his partially-bedridden family, despite their life of poverty.  Charlie also expresses love by sharing his solitary annual chocolate bar and by the care he takes with Grandpa Joe in the chocolate factory.

Love of Chosen Family: Matilda

In Matilda, our protagonist knows how a family should feel and behave and that the Wormwoods are failing on every count.  This concept is echoed by Miss Honey’s childhood experiences with Miss Trunchball. Fortunately, their abusive experiences are gradually soothed by the love they find with each other, proving that a chosen family can be more successful and fulfilling than one inherited through birth.

Love of Nature: Tidy

With love in the air this month, badger is currently indulging his love of tidiness on stage at the Polka Theatre Wimbledon.  Badger likes the animals and trees to look neat and pristine- as we all do- but will he go too far?  Based on the bestselling book, Tidy by Emily Gravett, this play highlights the untamed perfection of animal habitats and the need for them to be protected and loved.

If you would love to see Matilda, Charlie or Wonka, please click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

Matilda JR is coming to Richmond Borough

Matilda Jr is coming to the Richmond Borough, thanks to Dramacube!

The last few weeks our 8-12yrs performers have been ridiculously revolting: recreating Miss Trunchball’s ghastliness, mastering Matilda’s magical moves and harmonising like Miss Honey.  Luckily for local audiences, tickets are now available to witness this revolt on stage in Hampton Hill from 13th-21st March. With this exciting news in mind, we have some mind-altering facts for you about the Matilda franchise.

Magical Facts About MatildaMatilda Jr Richmond Borough

The actor, who played Bruce Bogtrotter in the original film, despised chocolate but had to spend 3 weeks pretending to eat it!

Roald Dahl struggled to write Matilda and had to re-write the entire book twice!

At 4ft 5in tall, Matilda Wormwood is the smallest leading lady on Broadway.

More than 200 child actors performed in the recent film adaptation.  It was rumoured that the girl playing Matilda had some magical skills of her own, as she always remembered her lines!

Matilda is one of Roald Dahl’s bestselling titles having sold 17 million copies worldwide.

Mara Wilson was so self-conscious about dancing for the sequence that Danny DeVito had the entire cast and crew dance with her on set.Matilda Jr Richmond Borough

Danny Devito stepped up when Mara Wilson experienced a devastating personal loss during filming.Echoing the actions of Miss Honey, Devito took the young actress under his wing, helping to support her and her family at the time and then advising her through her professional career. What a wonderful human!

If you would like your revolting children to join our fantastic company, or to buy tickets for Matilda the Musical Jr, click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

Charlie and the Chocolate factory comes to Twickenham!

This Easter, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory comes to Twickenham thanks to Dramacube!

The auditions turned out perfectly, roles were dished out and now our Youth Group are having a sweet time cooking up scenes and putting the icing on dance routines!  Local kids and audiences alike are getting a double dose of Dahl’s brilliance this Spring as our Youth Group are focussing on Charlie and our Easter Holiday Musical Theatre Workshops are inspired by the recent cinematic wonder of Wonka! So it only seems right to take a peek beyond the factory gates and learn a little about the history of this story.

Fun Facts about Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka!

As a boy, Dahl was a taster for Cadbury and fantasized about working in a chocolate inventing room, an idea that came back to him when he began writing his second children’s book.

The Oompa-Loompas were originally named Whipple Scrumpets but it was too much of a mouthful-Charlie and the chocolate factory comes to Twickenham! pardon the pun!

The Director of Wonka said he gained about 50 pounds from all the chocolate he recently ate on set and blames this on an incredible chocolatier!

Wonka pays homage to the 1971 version of the film via musical cues and Timothee Chalamet’s performance of Pure Imagination. Magically Wonka drops a coin down a storm drain which is discovered by Charlie in 1971!

In the 1971 Gene Wilder film, the chocolate river was anything but, including coffee dregs! It was very shallow and nobody wanted to fall into it! Despite our love for this classic film, Dahl despised it and thought it overly sentimental & pretentious!

Charlie and the Chocolate factory comes to Twickenham!I Spy! In both book and film, Willy Wonka is worried about spies coming to steal his secret recipes. This was a real problem in the 1920s! Rival chocolate companies sent out spies to each other. During Roald Dahl’s childhood there was a bitter rivalry between British confectionary companies Cadbury and Rowntree’s.

Tickets are now available for our deliciously scrumptious show! If you would like to dive into a world of pure imagination…click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube

inspiring 5-7yr olds in Hampton Hill

We all enjoyed the sparkly lights, the nostalgic tv shows and time with our loved ones but Dramacube could not wait to get back to inspiring 5-7yr olds in Hampton Hill! Our Mini Musicals group have been busy exploring the magical world of Matilda and with such a strong role model, we got to thinking about examples of fictional role models for young children.inspiring 5-7yr olds in hampton hill

Matilda

Despite a tough start in life, this girl chooses to manipulate her justifiable anger into positive action.  Matilda is intelligent, kind and astoundingly brave and has the integrity to break away from the family ignorance and stand against the bullies.  She never gives up and inspires children to dream big, declaring “Even if you’re little you can do a lot you…!” In fact Matilda is so popular with children in general that our 8-12yr olds voted to perform the musical theatre show again!

inspiring 5-7yr olds hampton hillPaddington Bear

Probably the classiest of our role models, Paddington has royal connections! Paddington always thinks of others first and strives to make everything better.  With an unbiased perspective on life, Paddington is a friend to all and afraid of nobody and luckily his only weakness is marmalade sandwiches!

Moana

The most emotive of our influencers, Moana dares to voyage beyond the reef to save her island and perhaps the world.  This strong-willed character battles expectations, prejudice and a fire-breathing demon called Te Kā, to discover her fate and give back all that modern man has stolen from mother nature.  Moana is always a firm favourite in our holiday workshops.

Charlie (Charlie & Lola)inspiring 5-7yr olds in hampton hill

The best TV show for parents who want something creative and calm for their children. Charlie is a fantastic role-model for boys but also older siblings in general.  He is often left to supervise his little sister and does so with creativity and patience.  Charlie strives to support Lola through any challenges whilst also highlighting the best that life has to offer- what more could any sibling ask for?

If you would like to find out more about how Dramacube are inspiring 5-7yr olds in Hampton Hill, click here!

Sarah Watson – Dramacube