We are delighted to announce our Spring Term production is Annie Jr!

Orphan Molly

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

With plenty of parts to go around and all your favourite numbers including; ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Maybe’ and ‘Tomorrow’, Annie JR. is an ideal productions for our youth company ensuring every one of our young actors is fully involved throughout with lines, songs and routines to learn.

Rehearsals/Locations

Rehearsals take place at Hampton Hill Theatre on Tuesday afternoons, the United Reformed Church in Hampton Hill on Wednesday afternoons, and St. Mary’s University, Twickenham on a Saturday.

Next Auditions 

Auditions for our Spring term show will be held on Sunday 24th November from 10.30am – 1.00pm at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Auditions are run in workshop format and are great fun for all involved.  Children participating in the workshop will learn a song from the show and work on some short scenes and movement in small groups.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the production and find out more about Dramacube shows.

We will contact parents within 5 days of the audition to offer places.

There is a £20 audition fee which will be deducted from the project fee when a child joins the company or refunded if a place cannot be offered.

Existing company members are not required to attend this session.

Click here to register for the workshop audition on Sunday 24th November at Hampton Hill Theatre.  Please note; all students must register prior to the audition.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hampton Hill Theatre.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – Best Youth Production Nomination

With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards less than a week away, we caught up with Stephen Leslie to talk about the Christmas 2018

production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which has been nominated for Best Youth Production.

Twickenham Red Cast

Why did you choose The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as your Christmas show last year?

We first produced the show at Hampton Hill Theatre in December 2015.  It was only our second ever production and we had one cast who rehearsed at the theatre and gave two performances just before Christmas. 

It was a great show and two of our cast were nominated for Arts Richmond Swan awards which was the first time we’d received a nomination. 

Hampton Hill Cast

The show was very popular, but there were a number of challenges when casting, because there were only a handful of speaking parts and then a very large ensemble. 

I had wanted to do the show again for a while but the issue of parts was still there so eventually I contacted the writer, Irita Kutchmy to ask if she would consider an edit? 

Iritia was extremely helpful and granted us permission to edit the show, and in doing so create additional characters, thus making the production more suitable for our cast. 

It was such a pleasure to stage the production again and made for a truly magical Christmas show.

How did you plan to make the production different?

The biggest difference was definitely the script, with large sections cut and changes to the music, plus the addition of new characters with

Twickenham Green Cast

speaking parts.  This made the rehearsal process more inclusive and provided a better opportunity for more actors.

We had a completely different back stage team for the production and Akshy’s costume ideas and Christine’s set concept were really impressive from the very first production meeting. 

In our original production, the stage was dominated by the wardrobe which worked well, but presented us with the challenge of getting a huge structure on and off the stage.  This time, we wanted the wardrobe to be ever present once it had been revealed so Christine came up with the idea of having it up stage right, which enabled us to create the illusion of children stepping into it, then finding themselves in Narnia on the other side. 

We also had four casts this time so got to see so many more brilliant performances from both our Twickenham and Hampton Hill students.

Overall it felt like a very different show to the previous production in 2015. 

What challenges did you encounter during production week?

Twickenham Blue Cast

The production week actually ran very smoothly which was largely thanks to our brilliant back stage team, Akshy, Christine and Dani, plus everyone else who was around to support. 

It became evident very quickly that the show was much bigger than we’d originally anticipated. 

We had a team of eleven people on the production with three in the dressing room helping with quick changes, three stage left helping to manoeuvre the Witches sleigh on and off, plus people stage right and above the stage releasing the snow for the Narnia entrances.  We were really fortunate to have such a great team who all worked very hard that week.  

Tell us about the nomination.

The Arts Richmond judges see so many productions and there are thousands of incredibly talented young performers in this borough so to be nominated for anything is always really nice. 

We’ve been nominated for Best Youth Production in the Under 19 category which is high praise for our actors as most of them are no older than 13 with an average age of 10. 

Unfortunately it also means that we tend to be up against groups with teenage casts which is hard to compete with but we are delighted with the nomination and to be in the final three is a great achievement. 

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe was a challenging production for all involved.  Despite the edit, it was still very wordy and the music can be difficult to learn for students so we are really proud of what we achieved and I’d like to take this opportunity

I’ll be keeping everything crossed for an award on 15th September!

With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony only two weeks away, we caught up with nominee Ethan O’Keeffe to ask him about his nomination.

Which role have you been nominated for and in which production?

Ethan OKeeffe played The Sultan

I have been nominated for my role as the Sultan in Dramacube’s production of Aladdin.

Tell us about your audition and what you did to get the part?

I did my audition in January but was going for the part of Aladdin. In the end, I think that I enjoyed playing the part of the Sultan more as it allowed me to add comedy to my acting.

How did you prepare for the role?

I prepared for my role by practising each line multiple times in different tones as it meant that I could get the most out of every line.

What did you love the most about your character?

The thing I love most about the Sultan is that although he is the most powerful person in Agrabah he is very daft and gullible. Because of this I had many comical and humorous lines 

What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?

The biggest challenge I faced was not being able to go over the top with my actions as he (The Sultan) is quite a royal and elderly figure.

What techniques did you use to learn your lines?

The techniques I used to learn my lines were mainly repeating my lines multiple times and learning them one section at a time. Because of this, it did not feel too difficult and I was able to memorize my lines in detail.

How did you feel on the first night?

On the night, I felt very anxious, though it was my fifth production with Dramacube so I sort of knew what to expect whilst on stage. 

What was your favourite part about performing the show?

My favourite part about doing the production was working together with the whole cast to produce an amazing play.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ethan on his achievement and wish him every success at the awards ceremony.

With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony only two weeks away, we caught up with nominee

Finn Bralow played the Genie

Finn Bralow to ask him about his nomination.

This is not the first time you’ve participated in the Arts Richmond Swan Awards.  Can you tell us about your previous experience?

Last time I was lucky enough to win in 2017 and was nominated for Best Boy Actor in the borough (under 14).

Congratulations for receiving another nomination.  Which role have you been nominated for and in which production?

I have been nominated for the role of the Genie in Aladdin.

Tell us why you wanted the part?

Because he is a funny part and gets to speak to the audience. 

How did you prepare for the role?

I practised my lines and thought about how I would say them.

What did you love the most about your character?

It’s such a great character because he gets to have more fun. 

What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?

Developing the character in the play in a way that worked with other cast members and that I enjoyed doing. 

What techniques did you use to learn your lines?

I rehearsed them and understood them to the best of my ability.

How did you feel on the first night?

Very excited and very nervous. 

How has this role compared to other parts you’ve played at Dramacube?

First of all, I’m not called Michael as I have been for the first two plays I did with Dramacube – that was the name of my roles, and secondly because the Genie has a funny character and is fun to work with. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Finn on his achievement and wish him every success at the awards ceremony.

Initial Set Design Ideas from Christine Osborne

With our first rehearsal just 20 days away, our creative team have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is ready for our actors.

Using the Front Tabs

The set is an integral part of the production process, with both designer and directors needing to be happy with the final design before the first blocking can be set.

By having the set design agreed, our young performers in Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts will be able to block their respective shows, with a firm idea of how the set will look and what stage space they have to move around in.

You will see from the initial sketches that the design team are contemplating using the front tabs for the opening scene, then opening them to create a reveal for the land of Oz.

Once the design has been agreed by directors and set designer, a meeting is held with the technical manager at Hampton Hill Theatre to ensure that all aspects of the set will work in the space and comply with industry safety regulations.

Initial Concept for Design

This very thorough process helps to iron out any possible challenges which may arise during production week and ensures our cast and crew remain safe at all times.

Over the next three weeks, the design will be developed and a set model box will be made as a working model to test the design.

We’ll be posting regular costume and set design updates so watch this space!

With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony only two weeks away, we caught up with nominee

Adam Gaunt played Edmund

Adam Gaunt to ask him about his nomination.

What role have you been nominated for and in which production?

Edmund Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Tell us about your audition and what did you do to get the part?

Having already had a minor role in the previous production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ I had a vague idea of what to expect in the auditions. I had to improvise a conflict situation, read from the script and sing. The key, I think, is to just throw yourself into it.

How did you prepare for the role?

I was familiar with the book and the movie and spent time trying to think in the same fashion as my character.

What did you love the most about your character?

I loved that Edmund was a complex character who evolved emotionally from a self-centred troublemaker to feeling remorse over his actions. It’s also more fun to play a baddie.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?

I didn’t want my character to be two dimensional, I didn’t want him to be sly for sly’s sake. I wanted the audience to understand his envy of his ‘perfect’ siblings so they felt a degree of empathy for him.

What techniques did you use to learn your lines?

Rather than learning my lines in isolation I had my parents and friends help me act out the scenes. I prefer to learn my lines in context with the understanding and queues which help me remember my lines a lot easier under pressure. The downside is, they know when I’ve got it wrong onstage.

How did you feel on the first night?

Excited yet nervous. It helped to know that everyone else was feeling the same way and that we were working as a team.

What was your favourite part about performing the show?

It was our Christmas production and the set was amazing which made it feel really special. The feeling of elation when it was over  knowing our hard work had paid off was indescribable.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Adam on his achievement and wish him every success at the awards ceremony.

We are delighted to share the fantastic production photos from our recent performances of Aladdin Jr. at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Please click here to view.

To order photos please contact Bomi Cooper by emailing bomicooperphotography@yahoo.com with the file numbers you would like to order.

Digital copies are priced at £4.

Character Descriptions – Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Gale (Kansas and Oz): A sweet, innocent young lady with a streak of boldness, outspoken and headstrong, who dearly loves her family, friends and dog, Toto; Lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em & Uncle Henry, but dreams of escaping to a far-off place where she will not get into trouble. (Strong vocalist and dancer required.)

Aunt Em Gale: A typical, hard-working farmer’s wife who is firm & no-nonsense but also warm and caring.

Uncle Henry Gale: Farmer whose wife, Em, runs things; Adoring uncle to Dorothy; Non-singing role.

Hunk: Clumsy farmhand on the family’s Kansas farm; talks about being smart and having a brain. Good body control needed.

Scarecrow: Friend to Dorothy, clumsy, good body control, good pitch and musical rhythm.

Hickory: Kind, sweet and nurturing farmhand;

Tin Man: Has no heart but isvery caring. Good body control and pleasant singing voice.

Zeke: Farmhand who lacks courage. Non-singing part.

Lion: Acts tough, but fearful self comes out in any scary situation. Good comedic timing and strong character voice needed.

Miss Gulch: Well-off, cold-hearted Gale neighbor who hates Toto. Non-singing.

Wicked Witch of the West: Wants revenge on Dorothy. Non-singing but flair for the dramatic and able to cackle.

Toto: Dorothy’s beloved dog. Energetic role and able to bark with expression.

Professor Marvel: Traveling salesman who lives by telling fortunes; a con-man but with a good heart.

Wizard (Oz’s voice): Strong commanding voice with lots of dialogue.

Glinda: Good Witch of the North who is the mother figure for Munchkins and Dorothy whom she guides through Oz; delicate and graceful. Lovely singing voice required.

Munchkins: Little people who live in Munchkinland where Dorothy’s house lands after the cyclone; enthusiastic and joyful

Mayor, Coroner, Barrister and City Father: Munchkins with solo singing parts.

Apple Trees: Angry trees. Speaking only part.

Jitterbugs: Forest creatures who serve the Wicked Witch. Dancing part.

Doorman & Guard: Comical characters in Emerald City.

The Ozians: Citizens of Emerald City with group song and dance.

Flying Monkeys: The Wicked Witch’s menacing animal army. No lines or singing.

Nikko: Leader of the Flying Monkeys with a few lines.

Winkie Guards: The Wicked Witch’s enslaved guards. Some singing.

Leader of the Winkies: The leader of the Wicked Witch’s guards. No solo singing.

The Wizard of Oz (YPE) Confirmed! 

We are delighted to confirm that we have secured the performing rights for The Wizard of Oz as our autumn term production.

The Wizard of Oz

Based on the beloved novel by L. Frank Baum and the award-winning MGM film, The Wizard of Oz is an exciting musical about the Kansas farm girl who travels ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to the magical land of Oz.

This adaptation includes all of the iconic, larger-than-life characters and classic songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard”.  So for young performers who love to act, sing and dance, don’t ‘look any further’ as this is sure to fulfil their ‘hearts’ desire’!

This magical musical will go into rehearsal in late September with performances in December 2019 on the main stage at Hampton Hill Theatre. Auditions for children aged 7-14yrs will take place on the 15th of September 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 15th September please complete an application for our autumn term project.

We look forward to meeting you!

Dramacube Student lands West End Role

It was less than six months ago that Dramacube student, Jack Reynolds was playing Aladdin at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Jack Reynolds as Aladdin

Tomorrow he’ll step out on stage at the Gillian Lynne Theatre for his West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical School of Rock.

Jack has performed in numerous Dramacube productions, most recently as Rooster Hannigan in Annie Jr. and then Aladdin in Aladdin Jr. both at Hampton Hill Theatre.

It was during our summer term project, Revolting Children, that Jack got the call to audition for School of Rock and it was not long before he landed the role of James in the show.

We’d like to congratulate Jack on his amazing achievement and wish him the very best of luck with the run and we look forward to seeing him in the show very soon.  We are currently in the process of organizing a group booking to see Jack in the show so watch this space for further information.

Break a leg Jack!