Two Swan Awards for Dramacube Students

Dramacube Scoop Two Arts Richmond Swan Awards

With an incredible six nominations for Dramacube at this years’ Arts Richmond Swan Award ceremony, it was a nervous but exciting evening for all concerned.

With nominations for Best Boy Performer and Best Girl Performer (aged 14yrs and under) and Best Youth Production (under 19yrs category), the young Dramacube actors were hopeful of picking up an award, but knew competition was high with judges seeing hundreds of performers throughout the year.

The ceremony was presented by television personalities Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton and hosted by the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, and it wasn’t long before the Dramacube team had something to cheer about.

Annie Jr. at Hampton Hill Theatre, Twickenham cast

Lili Ram as Annie in Annie Jr.

First came an award for Best Girl Performer which was won by Lili Ram, who played the title role of Annie in Annie Jr. and before the clapping had died down, the award for Best Boy Performer was announced which was won by Daniel Nascimento for his role of the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Having won two awards last year, it was a great achievement and a tribute to the immensely talented group of students who participate in the shows at Dramacube Productions.

Actor Daniel Nascimento as the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Daniel Nascimento in Alice in Wonderland Jr.

You can see Lili, Daniel and many of the other nominees in the Dramacube Christmas production, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which is playing at Hampton Hill Theatre on 22nd and 23rd December.

If your child is interested in appearing in a production, workshop-auditions for the spring term show Aladdin Jr. are taking place on Sunday 25th November at Hampton Hill Theatre and at the Studio Theatre, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Students participating in the workshop will enjoy a fun session working in small groups on a song, basic routine and scene from the show.

For further details about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe visit the tickets page and for information on Aladdin Jr. visit the auditions page.

 

Twickenham and Hampton Hill cast ticket

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Tickets

We are pleased to confirm that tickets for our forthcoming Christmas production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are now on sale via our website.

With four casts performing the show, there will be eight performances over two days on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December.  All four casts from Hampton Hill and Twickenham will perform their production twice on the main stage at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Please ensure you select tickets for the cast you would like to see when booking your tickets.

As per our agreement with Music Theatre International, tickets range from £10.80 to £15, and we are pleased to be able to offer family tickets this year which represent a saving of up to £13.50.

For anyone wishing to book group tickets of 12+ please email contact@dramacube.co.uk.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a wonderful musical for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.  We look forward to seeing you at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Rehearsals start again this week

Welcome Back to our Hampton Hill and Twickenham Casts

We hope you have all had a fun-filled half term.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back for your next rehearsal.

We hope you’ve been working hard on your lines and songs.

With only seven weeks to go until we perform on the main stage at Hampton Hill Theatre, now is the time to really make your part your own and prove to everyone what an outstanding performer you are.

A reminder of when your cast starts again after the half term break.

Hampton Hill Cast: Wednesday 31st October
Twickenham Red Cast: Friday 2nd November
Twickenham Blue Cast: Saturday 3rd November
Twickenham GreenCast: Saturday 3rd November

We’ll be doing lots of singing, dancing and of course acting in the run up to the show so keep fit and stay well!

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Hampton Hill Theatre to host new Dramacube cast

A New Cast at Hampton Hill Theatre

With our current Hampton Hill cast oversubscribed, we are delighted to confirm we are forming an additional new cast who will rehearse at Hampton Hil Theatre on a Tuesday between 5pm and 7.15pm.

With two casts in Hampton Hill, our Wednesday group who meet at the United Reformed Church will be known as the Hampton Hill Blue Cast, whilst the new group will be known as Hampton Hill Green Cast.

The new cast will benefit from working at Hampton Hill Theatre, which has excellent facilities for singing and dance, and is of course home to many of our major productions.

Students joining the new cast will start rehearsing our next production in early January 2019. This will be the classic Disney musical, Aladdin which is a great show for young actors who love to act, sing and dance.

Aladdin will be our final full scale production of the academic year, however we’ll also be running our five-week performing arts project at the start of the summer term and of course our three-day musical theatre workshops during the Easter and Summer holidays.

To find out more about our new Hampton Hill cast or and of our other casts in Strawberry Hill and Twickenham please visit our auditions page.

Children in Hampton Hill and Twickenham Casts

Meet the Children!

Costume designer Akshy Marayen has shared with us designs for Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy.

You’ll see from the above image that Akshy has opted for a traditional design with the boys wearing short trousers, shirts and pullovers and the girls in skirts or dresses.

As described in the the text, the trademark fur coats are included in the images, which the children borrow from the wardrobe.

Our Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts will have an initial Dress Rehearsal in one of the studio theatres at St. Mary’s University in early December, then a second Dress Rehearsal at Hampton Hill theatre during production week.

Watch this space for more posts about the costume designs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts perform in Aladdin Jr.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Confirmed! 

We are delighted to confirm that we have secured the performing rights for Disney’s Aladdin Jr. as our Spring term production.

Based on the award winning film and Broadway hit, Aladdin Jr. is an exciting musical about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

With expanded fun characters, new and exciting songs (as well as the classics such as, Friend like Me, Prince Ali and A Whole New World), and lots more thrills, this new adaptation of the much loved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers who love to act, sing and dance.

This magical musical will go into rehearsal in early January with performances in late March/early April 2019 on the main stage at Hampton Hill Theatre. Auditions for children aged 7-14yrs will take place in November for Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts.

All of the team at Dramacube are professional performers so we know how scary musical theatre auditions can be but you really don’t need to worry. We run workshop auditions which are great fun and give you an opportunity to express yourself freely as we work on some songs, basic dance routines and scenes from well-known West End musicals. You will work with 15-20 other like-minded performers aged 7-14yrs and throughout the audition, you’ll get to know everyone really well.

In addition, our workshop-auditions are a great opportunity for you to learn a little more about our company. There will be lots of staff on hand to answer any questions you have and help you at the audition. There is no need to prepare anything as we’ll provide you with a good variety of musical numbers and scenes to work with.

Even if you are unsuccessful on this occasion, you can always try again later in the year. But who knows, you could end up playing the lead!

To register for the workshop-audition on Sunday 25th November please complete an application for our Spring term project.

We look forward to meeting you!

High School Musical 2 at Epsom Playhouse

Happy Half Term!

It is Friday 19th October and schools out for half term!

We hope you’ve all had an excellent start to the Autumn term and are now looking forward to a week of rest and relaxation (unlikely!).

With Dramacube taking a break over the half term period, we wanted to remind all our students to keep up the good work, looking at lines, developing their characters and practising their songs.

We will of course be back after half term and ready for the final push before our Christmas production which will be on 22nd and 23rd December at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Our first dates back after half term are as follows;

Hampton Hill Cast: Wednesday 31st October

Twickenham Red Cast: Friday 2nd November

Twickenham Blue Cast: Saturday 3rd November

Twickenham Green Cast: Saturday 3rd November

Rehearsal venues will be the same as before at United Reformed Church, Hampton Hill, The Exchange Theatre, Twickenham and St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Have a great break and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Children in Hampton Hill rehearsing The Lion, the Witch the Wardrobe

Rehearsal Progress 

With half term just around the corner we wanted to share a short update on our rehearsal progress for our Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts.

Each of the casts have been primarily focused on singing, working with our new Musical Director Dan on a number of the early songs in the show.

Matt has also made a good start on the blocking with most casts now up to at least page twenty in the script.

Whilst The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is not a big dance show, there are a number of choreographed routines, most notably Mr. Tumnus and Lucy during the song ‘Please Come to Tea’ and K’ja has started to rehearse this number with casts in Hampton Hill and Twickenham.  You can see two members of the Hampton Hill cast rehearsing this routine above.

We’ve also been busy behind the scenes with our costume and set designers working closely with Matt to create something really special for this fantastic production.

If you’ve not already done so, please submit your child’s measurements by Friday 19th October.  Thank you.

Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

 

Two Swan Awards for Dramacube Students

Dramacube Students Scoop Two Swan Awards

It was a thrilling night for Dramacube students on Sunday 30th September at the annual Arts Richmond Swan Awards.

Dramacube students receive 6 nominations.

Nominees at the Swan Awards

The ceremony, which was held at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, was hosted by television personalities John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood and the Dramacube family were out in force, with nominations for Best Boy Performer aged 14 and under, Best Girl Performer aged 14 and under and Best Youth Production under 19yrs.

Well done to all five students who received nominations, and to the entire cast of Annie Jr. which was nominated for Best Youth Production.

With students from Richmond, Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts nominated, it was an exciting night for all concerned, and huge congratulations go to Lili Ram and Daniel Nascimento who won the awards for Best Girl Performer and Best Boy Performer aged 14 and under.

The Arts Richmond Judges see many, many productions throughout the Richmond Borough with hundreds of young performers appearing in numerous shows, so to win the award is a great achievement.

 

Musical Director Dan Turek

Introducing Dan Turek

We are delighted to welcome Dan Turek as our new Musical Director at Dramacube.  Dan will be joining us for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, working with our young casts in Hampton Hill and Twickenham.

Dan Turek is a Musical Director and Pianist who has worked on a wide range of productions around the UK and abroad.

As Musical Director: What Would Julie Do? (The Pheasantry), Rent (The Two Brewers), You Me Bum Bum Train (The Old Foyles Building, Tottenham Court Road), The Last Five Years (Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham), Saucy Jack and Space Vixens (The Two Brewers/Freedom Bar), The Grand Duke (Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival), Parade (French Woods Festival).

As Pianist: King (Hackney Empire), Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse), Merrily We Roll Along (Putney Arts Theatre), West Side Story (Putney Arts Theatre), The Sound Of Music (Nottingham Arts Theatre).