drama classes for kids

Drama Movement & Music Classes are Back!

We hope you are all safe and well and starting to enjoy the lift in lockdown restrictions.

It has been a tough twelve months, particularly for young people and we are delighted to confirm our drama, movement and music classes in Hampton Hill for 4-6years children will start again on Saturday 24th April.

Teacher and performer Katie Barton will be returning with an exciting project inspired by the Jungle book, taking children on an adventure with Mowgli, Baloo and many more fun characters.

The sessions will run from 9.00am to 10.30am at the Hampton Hill United Reformed Church and full details, including registration are available on our Classes page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dramacube.

Annie Jr.

We’re back with Annie Jr.! 

A year on and the wait is finally over!  We’re back with Annie Jr.

We are delighted to confirm that our production of Annie Jr. will now go ahead in June with rehearsals starting in Hampton Hill and

Twickenham Cast

Annie Jr. March 2020

Twickenham in late April.

Both our Hampton Hill Green and Blue and Twickenham Green and Blue casts will stage their shows in late June on the main stage at Hampton Hill Theatre.

We are thrilled that so many of our existing members are returning and can’t wait to welcome new members who will join the cast for this great show.

The first two weeks will be spent workshopping the show where children will familiarize themselves with the story and characters and start to work on the brilliant songs and fun routines from the show.

From week three we’ll allocate parts and start rehearsing the show in preparations for production week at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Children participating in the production will benefit from an additional Dress rehearsal on stage with full set before they do the Technical rehearsal and full Dress rehearsal with lighting, sound and microphones.

For further details about enrolling your child for Annie Jr. please visit our production page.

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Journey into the Jungle this Summer! 

Our Summer Term project for 4-6yrs children takes us on an adventure into Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book.

We are delighted to confirm that Katie Barton will return to run the classes and will be using drama, movement, music, story-telling and puppetry to guide the children through this wonderful story.

They will be meeting some of the wacky characters and having fun with Baloo the Bear and Mowgli but watch out, you never know when Shere Khan might pounce!

The term kicks off on Saturday 24th April with sessions running from 9.00am – 10.30am at the Hampton Hill United Reformed Church.

For further details and booking please visit our classes page.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Dramacube this April.

 

News from the Cube!

Almost 12 months on and they still inspire and amaze us!

Huge congratulations to the cast of “Dramacube does Disney” for their entertaining reflection of life in lock-down.

It was an absolute pleasure working on this project and Matt and Abbey would like to thank every student for their commitment, energy and enthusiasm.

With some distant hope that we might return to normality around April we’ll be running one more short on-line programme.

DRAMACUBE MAKES MAGIC!

Think all things Harry Potter, Matilda, Wicked, Shrek, Peter Pan, Wizards, Witches, Spells and Potions.

Bring your spell books, cauldrons and Owls, jump on the Hogwarts express and brace yourselves as we fly through 4 weeks of magic classes and finish with The Dramacube Magical Talent show…a show where anything can happen!

So get practising defying gravity, brewing polyjuice potions and conjuring up your best magical spells.Meet us on Zoom on Saturday 20th February…EXPELLIARMUS!

We will meet each Saturday for 4 weeks finishing on 13th March. The times are 10.30am – 12.00 noon.

The Project Fee will be: £50 per child. (10% sib. discount applies)

Register now by emailing us at contact@dramacube.co.uk

Happy half term everyone and stay safe!

Stephen Leslie

News from the Cube!

I am writing this post sitting in my front room in Hampton Hill, a place I have come to know as home, work, playroom, classroom … the list goes on.

It is a gloomy day and the typical January weather does little to raise my spirits however, I’ve just received a wonderful gift from one of our team which has brought a smile to my face.

Actress and Dramacube teacher Kate Barton has just sent me a short story she has kindly recorded for our 4-6yrs students.

I’m sure you are all familiar with What the Ladybird Heard by famous children’s writer Julia Donaldson.

As well as being an amazing teacher, Kate is a professional voice-over artist, and thankfully has a recording studio set up at home!

As we cannot run our regular classes in Hampton Hill at present, Katie wanted to share something creative with her students and I’m delighted to post it here

We hope your children and their siblings enjoy the story. Feel free to share it with anyone else who needs a little cheering up.

Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon!

Stephen Leslie

 

News from the Cube!

Happy New Year!

I hope this blog post finds you well.

Once again, we find ourselves unable to meet in person but fear not, our team have been working hard to find exciting ways for our talented young students to enjoy some acting, singing and dance again.

Starting this Saturday, Abbey and Matt will be diving into Disney with four ninety-minute sessions. Here’s is a taste of what to expect.

Dramacube does Disney!

Once upon a time… (for four weeks only), we shall be celebrating all things DISNEY!

All we have been doing over these lockdowns is watching DISNEY+.
We know lockdown 3.0 has only just begun but who cares…we are obsessed.

We cant get enough. BRING ON THE DISNEY!

We want to know …

What is your favourite Disney movie?

Who is your favourite Disney Character?

And Why?

We want to give our talented young actors the opportunity to bring these characters to life in our very own Disney Kingdom in the magical land of Zoom! (‘Cos let’s face it Disney on Zoom is way more fun than Maths!)

We will all be portraying our favourite characters as we are quarantining together in Beast’s enchanted castle where a strange and evil curse has fallen upon the kingdom and we need your help to lift the spell!

We will be playing awesome games, with prizes… “ooooooooooh” I hear you say?

We will be making costumes, singing songs, learning dance routines and bringing our favourite Disney characters alive through imagination & improvisation.

Throughout the project we will be putting together a script and on the final day we will perform our very own masterpiece to cheer us all up during this gloomy lockdown.

All you need to do is pick your favourite character and sign up!

Our first day will be a Disney Mania Extravaganza Quiz! And yes this will be for a prize – sent straight to your house. So if you think you know a lot about Disney, sign up now!

 

Hosted by Matt and Abbey.
(Also known as Ursula and Hercules.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

The classes are available to all students from Dramacube Teddington, Twickenham, Hampton and surrounding areas aged 7+ and the project fee is £50 per child.
To book a place click here!

 


But that’s not all!

Katie has been working on a number of lovely short stories which she is planning to record and share with our younger students.

There will be a variety of stories which will be posted on our social media platforms in the build up to the February half term.

Happy lockdown everyone and stay safe!

Stephen Leslie

News from the Cube!

It has been an exciting week in Theatre with the first signs of recovery starting to show.

A few theatres have taken the brave step of producing a Christmas show including The Exchange in Twickenham who are showing the Three Little Pigs during the build up to Christmas.

I’m very excited to confirm we have a week at Hampton Hill Theatre pencilled for March when we hope to stage Annie Jr.

It has been a painful and frustrating 9 months and as more time has passed our job of getting the show back on has become increasingly difficult but we have a plan and have written to all parents who had children in the show asking for their views. We will make a further announcement at the end of the year.

It will have been over a year since our Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts rehearsed the show so our initial plan of doing a couple of recap rehearsals is no longer an option.

We are looking at the possibility of using the second half of the spring term to re-rehearse the show starting W/C 22nd FEBRUARY with children attending regular weekly rehearsals plus two extended Sunday rehearsal in late-March.

The financial impact of losing the show has been hard to manage and we are extremely grateful to all of you who’ve supported us with your children attending on-line sessions, holiday workshops and weekly classes. This has helped us enormously to continue as a company, but with so many limitations in place we’ve not been able to recover the huge losses we suffered back in March last year when the show was pulled.

We’ve received no Government support over the past 9 months so we are looking at ways in which we can raise funds to help us put the show back on. Any funding suggestions would be most gratefully received!

The next six months at Dramacube will see significant change as we develop a more diverse offering for all of our students.

We are looking forward to re-establishing our Youth Production Company, whilst also developing our classes for 4-6 years and 7-14 years children.

By next September we’ll have a part time stage school fully up and running in Teddington / Twickenham or Hampton Hill which will offer children in both age groups a range of different classes including drama and musical theatre. More on that in the New Year.

For now we are firmly focussed on building towards our Christmas performances and we will be in touch with parents over the coming days with further details.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you at our venues over the next couple of weeks.

Stay well!

Stephen Leslie

News from the Cube!

With our final Zoom session this afternoon, we cannot wait to welcome everyone back tomorrow as restrictions lift for Tier 2 areas.

I’ve already heard mutterings of the Richmond borough making an application to be downgraded to Tier One, but that does seem unlikely given the other areas set at that level are mainly rural.

With the latest regulations in place there does of course come some confusion and we’ve had to make a number of changes, with certain venues not reopening or closing for a prolonged period over Christmas.

At the time of writing we are waiting to hear if Hampton Hill Theatre will review their decision to remain closed to audiences until the new year. It would certainly be lovely to see our young performers appear there again before Christmas.

It is great to see Theatres opening up again, and I was particularly pleased to see one of my favourites, The Play that Goes Wrong listed as one of the first to open.

For many it is simply not viable and we still find ourselves with this dilemma with regards to Annie Jr. which was pulled just before lockdown back in March.

We are hoping to stage the show again in March 2021, almost a year exactly after it was pulled.

We’ll be doing lots of research prior to making an announcement, including sending a survey out to parents getting their feedback on what feels right.

As much as we want the show to go on, the safety of all our students and staff remains our first priority.

As always thank you for your support through these challenging times and we look forward to seeing you all at our venues in Hampton Hill and Twickenham over the coming days.

Stay well!

Stephen Leslie

News from the Cube!

With the news of lockdown restrictions being lifted next week we cannot wait to get back into our rehearsal venues in Hampton Hill and Twickenham to welcome students back.

We’ve been so impressed with all of our young actors during the on-line sessions and very much look forward to building on the work we’ve done so far throughout November.

We’ll be monitoring the news closely on Thursday and Friday to find out which tier the Richmond borough will be in, but we are confident that normal service will be resumed from early December.

We will be sending a reminder to all parents with details of extended class times where applicable.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their understanding and support over the past few weeks.

We very much look forward to seeing you all at the end of term when, all being well, we hope to share some of our work with a series of short performances.

Stay well!

Stephen Leslie

News from the Cube!

Calling all young writers!

We have the pleasure of working with so many talented young performers each year but what other skills do they possess?

The Arts Richmond Young Writers Festival is once again underway and with only a few weeks until the submission deadline, now is the time to get writing!

The Festival is open to all young people who either live or attend school /clubs in Teddington, Twickenham, Hampton and anywhere else within the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

It is a chance to demonstrate writing skills of any form: Stories, descriptive writing, poems, playlets, lyrics for songs-whatever the imagination can devise.

Entries are judged in four age groups with prizes for all winning entries.

In addition, Arts Richmond appoints a junior and senior laureate who will be given opportunities during the following year to write about events taking place in the borough, for possible publication.

All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a gala awards event in a prestigious venue in Spring 2021.

For further information and details of entry rules please visit the Arts Richmond website.

Deadline for entries is Friday 4th December 2020

Any Dramacube member wishing to enter will be fully supported by our team and will have the opportunity to try out their writing with other students if required.

Good luck!

Stephen Leslie