The Lasting Magic of Theatre
By Stephen Leslie, Producer at award-winning Dramacube Productions
Most children remember their first trip to the theatre. Mine was a school outing to see David Wood’s wonderful environmental musical, The See-Saw Tree at Sadler’s Wells in the late 80’s. I can still clearly remember the opening scene, the lovely music and voting to decide how the story ends. It was a brilliant production and one which will stay with me forever.
For me the excitement of going to the theatre as a child has never worn off. I recall trips to the West End in my teenage years where I was terrified by the Woman in Black, totally gripped by An Inspector Call and besotted with Blood Brothers.
In 2016 I was working in New York. I walked up and down Broadway every night, gazing up in awe at all the magnificent theatres, boasting famous shows, many of which had been running for years and years. I’d pick up a rush tickets each day and see everything I could. The Carole King musical Beautiful was most definitely the highlight for me.
Seeing our students at Dramacube walk into the theatre brimming with excitement and enthusiasm reminds me of my early experiences and I feel privileged to be sharing these moments with them. Of course our students are not arriving at the box office to watch a show, but at the stage door to perform!
I have enjoyed the buzz of working in theatre for over 20 years and I believe that providing our young actors with the opportunity to work in professional/purpose-built theatres with lighting, sound, microphones, costume and set gives them a unique experience. Taking a performing arts class is hugely valuable, but nothing quite compares to being part of a full-scale production and embarking on that wonderful journey from the first audition to the opening night.
If your child would like to join the cast of our Christmas production, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, you can find out more on our auditions page.