Student scripts arrive for Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts

Aladdin Character List

We have now received our Broadway Junior Aladdin scripts from Music Theatre International which will be given out to our Hampton Hill

Aladdin Jr. Script

Student Script

and Twickenham casts in January.

Aladdin Jr. is a fantastic musical with huge potential for acting, singing and dancing roles.  For students who love the performing arts this is an excellent production to be part of.

The characters in the Disney version are as follows;

Genie – all powerful, fast talking wisecracker and prisoner of the lamp.

Ensemble – Includes Agrabahns, the citizens of Agrabah; Genie’s magical Ensemble in ‘Friend Like Me’, and ‘Prince Ali’s Entourage.

Aladdin – Charismatic, poor street urchin; longs to make his mother proud.

Babkak, Omar and Kassim – Aladdin’s devoted and penniless pals.

Jasmine – Princess of Agrabah; craves the freedom to make her own choices.

Sultan – Warmhearted ruler of Agrabah.

Jafar – the Sultan’s villainous Grand Vizier.

Iago – Jafar’s lackey; always over-eager to assist in an evil plan.

Shop Owner – marketplace vendor from whom Aladdin steals bread.

Razoul – Head of the Guards.

Guards (2) – work for Razoul.

Beggars (3) – hungry Agrabahns in the marketplace.

Apple Vendor – a merchant in the marketplace.

Fortune Teller – unintentionally helps Aladdin escape from the guards.

Attendants (2) – accompany Prince Abdullah on his journey to Agrabah.

Prince Abdullah – one of Princess Jasmine’s arrogant suitors.

Isir, Manal and Rajah – Jasmine’s loyal, encouraging attendants.

Spooky Voice – reveals the location of the lamp.

Cave of Wonders – voice of the magical cave; declares Aladdin to be the “Diamond in the Rough”.

Dramacube makes changes for Hampton Hill and Twickenham students

A New Way of Working at Dramacube

Over the past three years, we have often debated the pros and cons of the audition process.

Aladdin Jr. Script

Student Script

We’ve worked hard to ensure students are comfortable and relaxed when participating in one of our workshop-auditions.

We structure sessions to give students every opportunity to do their best, however we are aware that on most occasions, when a student is auditioning, it is the first time they’ve seen the script, it is often the first time they’ve heard the music and perhaps most importantly it is the first time they’ve looked beyond the leading roles on the character list.

We’ve noticed a change in recent times with children building their hopes even higher on landing a particular role, without giving any consideration to other parts they would like to play, or even if they are right for that role.

Whilst we admire this positive and determined attitude, the outcome of the audition often results in disappointment when they are given a different part.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

We are concerned about the potentially negative impact this may have on the child and on the group and for that reason we have decided to try a new way we working for our next production.

Prospective new members will still attend a workshop-audition prior to joining the company where they will have the opportunity for acting, singing and dance, however there will no longer be an audition at the first rehearsal.

We want students to engage with the creative process and understand the importance of working as a team.  Creating a show is a very special experience and extremely rewarding and our students must feel they are an integral member of the group from start to finish.

Synopsis of play

The Synopsis

Starting with Aladdin Jr. in January, our Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts will work on ensemble numbers, routines and scenes during the first three-four weeks of  rehearsal, providing students with more time and additional resource to fully understand the plot and give some proper thought to the part they would like to play.

Over the three to four weeks, our creative team will be observing who would be suitable for each role, allowing students to shine over a greater period, and not feel pressured to perform in one two-hour audition.

All of our creative team work in performing arts and they understand how difficult it can be to attend an audition having not previously read the script.  By changing the way we work, it will also give our director, choreographer and musical director more time to consider the casting.

Scripts will be issued at the start of term, and the parts will be allocated before half term, giving students the week off school to start working on their lines.

We will continue to cast the shows based on who is right for the role, unlike other groups who simply offer the largest roles to those who have been attending for the longest period.

This philosophy provides every member, existing and new with an equal chance to get any part in the show which we believe is both fair and in line with how a professional company operates.

We will review the new way of working after Aladdin Jr. and decide if this is the best practice, making adjustments where necessary.

 

 

 

 

Spooky workshops at Hampton Hill Theatre

A Ghost Story for Halloween

It was this time last year that performing arts students from Teddington, Hampton Hill and Twickenham performed in a Dramacube Halloween workshop-production at the Studio, Hampton Hill Theatre.  The show included acting, sings and dance including a ‘Thriller’ inspired routine.

Here is the script they worked from;

Halloween Workshop Script – October 2017

Scene 1.

Scarborough Fair.

Narrator 1:          Okay, how about this?  ‘Spirits in torment! Do they really come back to the scenes of their tragedies? Bound there forever,                                  even in death?

Narrator 2:          It was a fine clear autumn day.

Narrator 3:          The late October sunshine had brought flocks of tourists to the beautiful North East coast of England.

Narrator 4:          The pier was buzzing with people.

Narrator 5:          The delicious smell of fried fish and vinegar smothered potato chips drifted tantalizingly through the air.

Narrator 6:          It was October 31st but the brilliant midday sunshine gave the feel of a hot August bank holiday weekend.

Narrator 7:          The Sea was clam and the waves gently rippled into the shallows.

Narrator 8:          With such idyllic conditions it made no sense that the life boat siren sounded.

Narrator 9:          What possible disaster at sea could have occurred?

Narrator 10:        The lifeboat station doors crashed open

Narrator 11:        And the magnificent Frederick William Plaxton

Narrator 12:        Surged out into the sea.

Scene 2.

Captain:               Report; 3 man fishing vessel in distress.

Volunteer 1:       Coordinates; 11.2572 North, 52.8432 East.

Volunteer 2:       Distance; 14 nautical miles.

Volunteer 3:       Personnel; Three able bodied crew.

Volunteer 4:       Increase speed to 25 knots.

Volunteer 5:       25 knots.

Scene 3

Narrator 1:          The lighthouse station at Scarborough had been founded in 1801.

Narrator 2:          Volunteer crews had saved hundreds of lives over the past two centuries.

Narrator 3:          There had been many, many success stories

Narrator 4:          And the current crew had an exemplary record and were renowned as one of the                                                                                                             most experienced and expert teams operating in the UK.

Narrator 5:          But the towns’ people still remembered the story of 1917.

Narrator 6:          Disaster struck when the lifeboat was launched to rescue a small fishing vessel which                                                                                                     had been caught out in an unexpected storm.

Narrator 7:          It had been fine weather that day, exceptionally good for that time of year.

Narrator 8:          The town had been preparing for its traditional All Hallows Eve festival when the                                                                                                           lifeboat siren sounded.

Narrator 9:          The lifeboat capsized and all of her crew went down.

Narrator 10:        The fishing boat was never recovered and to this day, the tragic event still remained                                                                                                       a mystery.

Narrator 11:        One hundred years on and the Scarborough lifeboat was still in service.

Scene 4

Volunteer 1:       Approaching vessel location Captain.

Volunteer 2:       Where is it?

Captain:               Check coordinates.

Volunteer 3:       Coordinates correct Captain.

Volunteer 4:       No vessel.

Volunteer 5:       It can’t have gone down.

Volunteer 1:       The weather is completely still.

Volunteer 2:       There is no wind.

Volunteer 3:       You could sail a dingy out here today.

Volunteer 4:       I don’t understand Captain.

Captain:               No, me neither.

Scene 5

Storm SFX & LFX

Narrator 1:          In seconds the weather turned.

Narrator 2:          A thick sea fret rolled in and smothered the boat.

Narrator 3:          Strong winds tossed the boat around

Narrator 4:          And high crashing waves smashed into the side of the lifeboat.

Narrator 5:          The crew were thrown off their feet.

Narrator 6:          And then, from no-where, they appeared.

Narrator 7:          Ten men, dressed in lifeboat crew clothing.

Narrator 8:          But clothes not recognizable in 2017.

Narrator 9:          They wore clothes from a different century.

Narrator 10:        These men were from 1917.

Narrator 1:          Their faces pale and washed out.

Narrator 2:          Their clothing wet and torn.

Narrator 3:          These men were not from this world.

Narrator 4:          These men were zombies!

Thriller

Narrator 5:          The zombies lurched towards the crew.

Narrator 6:          Surely they were all doomed!

Narrator 7:          The zombies got closer and closer

Narrator 8:          The crew screamed!

Narrator 9:          They called out in fear.

Narr. 10/Girl:      But then I woke up from my nap.  It was time to get my zombie costume on.  I was meeting friends from school for a                                           Halloween party.  It was going to be a great night with loads of food, drink, scary films and of course our favourite song.

Little Shop of Horrors – Intro 

Student scripts arrive for Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts

Aladdin Jr. Scripts Arrive!

We received an exciting delivery today – our first batch of Aladdin Jr. scripts arrived from Music Theatre International.

The Broadway Jr. scripts are specifically written for young actors, and include a synopsis, character breakdown, plus many other top tips about being an actor.

The scripts are an excellent resource for performing arts students and really add value to their experience of being in a production.

Students in our Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts will receive their scripts when they start rehearsing in January.

New designer for Hampton Hill and Twickenham cast

A New Designer at Dramacube!

We are delighted to welcome Christine Osborne to the team at Dramacube.

Christine is a set and costume designer and has worked extensively with performing arts as a Theatre Designer, Art Facilitator and Artist. She has designed a wide range of productions and events including children’s theatre with Image Musical Theatre.

Christine’s most recent costume design was for “The Witches” at St. Paul’s Boys school.  She has also designed set and costume for events and shows at Chase Bridge Primary School and with Creative People and Places – Hounslow, and is currently facilitating community Art Project- Whitton Remembers World War I.

She is delighted to be designing a magical Narnia for Dramacube and is looking forward to working with the Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts.

 

 

 

 

 

Dramacube set design for Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts

Set Design for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

While our young casts in Twickenham and Hampton hill have been working hard at rehearsals, our creative team have been busy behind the scenes developing ideas for costume and set.

Set designers Christine has shared with us some initial images of her ideas, as well as some of her inspiration for the look and feel of Narnia.

Creating an effective wardrobe, which does not dominate the set is always a challenge with this production and there have been many discussions between Christine and Artistic Director Matt about how the set will work.

Whilst it is important for the wardrobe to be clearly recognizable, Christine, having worked with young people on many occasions,  is very

Design inspiration for Narnia

Inspirations behind design

aware that the stage will need to be kept clear for our actors to perform and will need space when acting, singing and dancing.

In these initial sketched you’ll see the wardrobe is positioned up stage right, with the stone mid stage left, both framed by the woods of Narnia.

Further images show some of the inspiration for the set which reflect the style of the period.

We look forward to sharing further details about the set design so please watch this space!

 

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.