Tinker Bell and her fellow Fairies introduce the audience to our story (“Fly to Your Heart”). The Darling Children, Wendy, Michael and John, play make-believe in their nursery, imaging themselves in Neverland (“The Elegant Captain Hook”). Mr. Darling comes looking for his cufflinks, but discovers that his adventurous children have drawn a treasure map on the back of his last clean shirt. He scolds Wendy for refusing to grow up and trips over Nana, the dog and nursemaid. Mr. Darling banishes Nana from the nursery, explaining that, sooner or later, all children must grow up. Mrs. Darling puts the children to bed, and Wendy asks her to leave the window open in case Peter Pan returns (“The Second Star to the Right”).

While the Darling children slumber, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell sneak into the nursery in search of Peter’s lost shadow. Wendy wakes up and excitedly tells Peter that she doesn’t want to grow up. He offers to take Wendy and her brothers back to Neverland. Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly, and they set off into the night (“You Can Fly / Fly to Your Heart”).

On a ship docked in Neverland, the Pirates of the island are up to no good (“Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”). Captain Hook plots with his first mate, Smee, on how to seek revenge on Peter. They decide to capture Tiger Lily in hopes that they can force her to help. Their plotting is interrupted by the nefarious crocodile who ate Captain Hook’s hand after Peter cut it off (“Never Smile at a Crocodile”). Suddenly, Captain Hook spots Peter Pan in the distance and orders his crew to fire. Peter sends the Darlings with Tinker Bell while he goes on to face Captain Hook himself.

A jealous Tinker Bell flies the Darlings toward the Lost Boys’ hideout (“You Can Fly – Reprise”), then flies ahead to tell the boys that Wendy is a bird that Peter wants them to hunt. Hop hits Wendy with his arrow and she falls to the ground. Peter discovers Tinker Bell’s trick and banishes her for one week. Luckily, Wendy recovers and flies off with Peter to retaliate against Captain Hook. Peter leaves John in charge (“Following the Leader”), but the boys are quickly captured by the Indians and accused of kidnapping Tiger Lily. Chief Tiger Bamboo declares that, if Tiger Lily is not returned, all lost Boys will be burned at the stake.

Wendy and Peter meet the Mermaids, who try to convince Wendy to swim with them (“Sunbeams and Sea”). Peter and Wendy spot Captain Hook and Smee with the captured Tiger Lily and concoct a plan to save the Indian Princess. Peter distracts Hook while Wendy sets Tiger Lily free.

Back at the Indian Camp, the Lost Boys and the Indians celebrate Tiger Lily’s safe return (“What Makes the Brave Man Brave”). Peter takes full credit for Tiger Lily’s rescue, which makes Wendy angry. Meanwhile, Captain Hook stumbles upon the banished Tinker Bell. Using her jealousy to his advantage, Hook convinces her to tell him where Peter and the Lost Boys live.

At the hideout, Wendy tells Peter that he should be less conceited, and the boys beg her to tell a story, calling her “Mother.” Wendy explains that she has only been playing and how wonderful a real mom can be (“Your Mother and Mine”). Her song helps John and Michael to remember their own mom. The Lost Boys suddenly want a mother, too! John declares that they all must return to the nursery at once.

Meanwhile, Captain Hook and his crew have devised a plan to get revenge on Peter Pan. While he is out of the room, the pirates snatch Wendy, Michael, John and the Lost Boys, leaving Peter a beautifully wrapped present. The pirates take their captives to the ship and force them to choose to join the crew or meet their doom (“Walk the Plank”). The boys are certain that Peter will save the day, unaware that Hook has given him a dynamite pie! Realizing what she has done, Tinker Bell calls on her fairy friends for help, and they fly to Peter’s aid. Tinker Bell whisks the pie away right before it explodes. Peter forgives Tinker Bell and they fly off to save Wendy and the boys.

Peter arrives just in time to fight Hook in one last battle. Peter wins and banishes Hook from Neverland. Wendy and the Lost Boys rejoice and, with a little help from Tinker Bell, fly the pirate ship back to the Darlings’ nursery.

Wendy, Michael and John find Mr. Darling waiting for them in the nursery. They tell him of their adventures and, while sceptical at first, he begins to remember his own childhood adventures with a boy who could fly. With the family happily reunited, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell head back to Neverland – second star to the right, and straight on till morning (“You Can Fly / Fly to Your Heart – Part Three”).

In case you’ve wondered what it’s like to be part of a Dramacube Production, here is our fourth and final video clip of Annie Jr. which was live on stage at Questors Theatre in Ealing in March 2016. As you can see, as well as working hard, we managed to have a lot of fun!

For more behind the scenes footage of our productions visit our You Tube page.

If you’d like to join our next production we’re on the look out for 7-16 year olds to join our 2017 production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Auditions take place on 27th November at Hampton Hill Theatre. If you think you could be our next Peter Pan or Tinker Bell please visit our Peter Pan Jr Production Page for more details.

We asked Juanita for an update on how the costumes for Elf the Musical Jr. are coming along…

“Well I can happily say that it’s “Elftasticly” busy in the costume department, and my house has become Santa’s workshop 🙂

So to give you a glimpse of what’s going on….

For real Santa I am using some lush velvets and keeping it very traditional,

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The North Pole Elves have been very “glammed up” they are in T-shirt dresses with a super soft fake fur trim!

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We also have some appliquéd elf belts… and a very productive costume session!!

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See you all soon for fittings and photographs of you in character in your costumes.

Juanita x”

Tinker Bell and her fellow Fairies introduce the audience to our story (“Fly to Your Heart”). The Darling Children, Wendy, Michael and John, play make-believe in their nursery, imaging themselves in Neverland (“The Elegant Captain Hook”). Mr. Darling comes looking for his cufflinks, but discovers that his adventurous children have drawn a treasure map on the back of his last clean shirt. He scolds Wendy for refusing to grow up and trips over Nana, the dog and nursemaid. Mr. Darling banishes Nana from the nursery, explaining that, sooner or later, all children must grow up. Mrs. Darling puts the children to bed, and Wendy asks her to leave the window open in case Peter Pan returns (“The Second Star to the Right”).

While the Darling children slumber, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell sneak into the nursery in search of Peter’s lost shadow. Wendy wakes up and excitedly tells Peter that she doesn’t want to grow up. He offers to take Wendy and her brothers back to Neverland. Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly, and they set off into the night (“You Can Fly / Fly to Your Heart”).

On a ship docked in Neverland, the Pirates of the island are up to no good (“Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”). Captain Hook plots with his first mate, Smee, on how to seek revenge on Peter. They decide to capture Tiger Lily in hopes that they can force her to help. Their plotting is interrupted by the nefarious crocodile who ate Captain Hook’s hand after Peter cut it off (“Never Smile at a Crocodile”). Suddenly, Captain Hook spots Peter Pan in the distance and orders his crew to fire. Peter sends the Darlings with Tinker Bell while he goes on to face Captain Hook himself.

A jealous Tinker Bell flies the Darlings toward the Lost Boys’ hideout (“You Can Fly – Reprise”), then flies ahead to tell the boys that Wendy is a bird that Peter wants them to hunt. Hop hits Wendy with his arrow and she falls to the ground. Peter discovers Tinker Bell’s trick and banishes her for one week. Luckily, Wendy recovers and flies off with Peter to retaliate against Captain Hook. Peter leaves John in charge (“Following the Leader”), but the boys are quickly captured by the Indians and accused of kidnapping Tiger Lily. Chief Tiger Bamboo declares that, if Tiger Lily is not returned, all lost Boys will be burned at the stake.

Wendy and Peter meet the Mermaids, who try to convince Wendy to swim with them (“Sunbeams and Sea”). Peter and Wendy spot Captain Hook and Smee with the captured Tiger Lily and concoct a plan to save the Indian Princess. Peter distracts Hook while Wendy sets Tiger Lily free.

Back at the Indian Camp, the Lost Boys and the Indians celebrate Tiger Lily’s safe return (“What Makes the Brave Man Brave”). Peter takes full credit for Tiger Lily’s rescue, which makes Wendy angry. Meanwhile, Captain Hook stumbles upon the banished Tinker Bell. Using her jealousy to his advantage, Hook convinces her to tell him where Peter and the Lost Boys live.

At the hideout, Wendy tells Peter that he should be less conceited, and the boys beg her to tell a story, calling her “Mother.” Wendy explains that she has only been playing and how wonderful a real mom can be (“Your Mother and Mine”). Her song helps John and Michael to remember their own mom. The Lost Boys suddenly want a mother, too! John declares that they all must return to the nursery at once.

Meanwhile, Captain Hook and his crew have devised a plan to get revenge on Peter Pan. While he is out of the room, the pirates snatch Wendy, Michael, John and the Lost Boys, leaving Peter a beautifully wrapped present. The pirates take their captives to the ship and force them to choose to join the crew or meet their doom (“Walk the Plank”). The boys are certain that Peter will save the day, unaware that Hook has given him a dynamite pie! Realizing what she has done, Tinker Bell calls on her fairy friends for help, and they fly to Peter’s aid. Tinker Bell whisks the pie away right before it explodes. Peter forgives Tinker Bell and they fly off to save Wendy and the boys.

Peter arrives just in time to fight Hook in one last battle. Peter wins and banishes Hook from Neverland. Wendy and the Lost Boys rejoice and, with a little help from Tinker Bell, fly the pirate ship back to the Darlings’ nursery.

Wendy, Michael and John find Mr. Darling waiting for them in the nursery. They tell him of their adventures and, while sceptical at first, he begins to remember his own childhood adventures with a boy who could fly. With the family happily reunited, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell head back to Neverland – second star to the right, and straight on till morning (“You Can Fly / Fly to Your Heart – Part Three”).

 

 

Cengiz Dervis is a former professional kickboxing and martial arts champion who, whilst competing, trained as an actor in London, Paris, New York and LA. Cengiz learned his craft by initially working in student films, fringe theatre and a number of award winning short films before moving onto feature films and TV. He is currently filming a US TV series called Knightfall which is shooting in Prague until December. 

Q1: Being offered a part in a US TV show must be a dream job for any actor.  Can you tell us about the audition process and what it was like when you were offered the part?

It’s certainly was a welcomed tick on my creative bucket list…

The auditions for key cast was facilitated by a legendary and really lovely casting director who’s been responsible for the Bond movies for the last twenty years along with a number of other outstanding projects. So when my UK agent called to say her office had contacted them to arrange to see me I was pretty excited and a tad nervous!

The audition process ran over a number of weeks and I was sent sides (scenes) to prepare / perform in the audition room. I was recalled a few times before finally being asked to attend a chemistry meeting with the key director for the series. The meeting went extremely well and a few days later my agent called delighted to inform me I’d received a firm offer to join the cast.

Q2: When did you first meet your fellow cast members and what were they like?

I was flown out to Prague for costume fitting, hair & make up test, horse riding and combat assessments and on this trip I met most of the key people in production and some of the cast.

I then returned to Prague a week later for final fittings, a sword fight rehearsal and a production kick off party for all the cast, crew, writers, producers, show runner and key people from the US network. Absolutely everybody I’ve encountered on Knightfall has been a joy to work with and catering do an amazing job with our food!

Q3: We often remind our young actors at Dramacube how important it is to learn their lines thoroughly. What techniques did you use to learn your lines for your current role?

Personally I like to read the script through a few times without attaching myself to the role. The lines come last after I’m clear on the story and who I am in it. I then set to work learning my lines…

I like to write my lines out and then re-write them in my own words (“how would I say this”). I then put these aside and go back to the actual lines and I’m now fully connected. I think it’s also important to not just know your lines but be really aware of everyone’s lines / actions in the scenes your in.

For screen projects I save my full performance and commitment of my actions / lines for when I’m on set so as to allow myself to be affected by those I’m sharing the scene with and their words / actions. This I feel allows my performance to be truthful and in the moment.

Q4: Most of our shows at Dramacube are rehearsed once a week.  How long is the rehearsal period for aTV show and what is the process?

Once a TV show is filming it all moves very quickly so at times you may get a few days to a week with a new script but you can receive dialogue changes on the day. There is also very little if any movement on the dialogue. Generally and unless the director has requested rehearsals, we’ll block the scene and run lines then. Outside of this you’ll find the cast running lines whilst in make up, in and by their trailers, at lunch, in the transport vehicles on route to set, everywhere and anywhere…

Q5: Were you nervous when you first started the show and how did you overcome any nerves?

I’m always a little nervous but I don’t live there. I feel the nerves are just a way of reminding me how important this is to me and I take control of my breathing and focus on doing good work. I find by taking time to fully prepare the nerves disappear by the time I’m on set and all I’m completely focused on is living the life of the character!

Q6: Have there been any moments during the show when something has gone wrong and how did you and the other actors deal with it?

Thankfully none especially given we’re on horses at times and most fights have us wielding swords, daggers, axes etc. Preparation eliminates a lot of the risks and there’s always safe hands around to assist any incidents or accidents that may arise.

Q7: You are a former kickboxing champion. Have you been able to use those skills in this current role? 

I’ve been training in the martial arts since I was five and over this time have gained extensive experience in unarmed and armed combat. These skills assist greatly, not only allowing me to sell the action to camera / audience but also keeps me and fellow actors and stunt team safe given my control.

The years of training has also impacted on my physicality and how people experience me hence the types of roles I mostly get called in for: agent, soldier, detective, hitman, mercenary, terrorist, fighter, chrononaut, knight, highwayman…

Q8: You have also written, directed and produced in the past. What do you enjoy doing most and do you think those skills have helped you as an actor?

Acting is my first love and I’m happiest when I’m working on the craft in class, with my coach, alone or on a production.

However, there is no doubt that by creating my own content it’s helped me on many levels. Firstly to better understand the business I’m operating in, everyone’s roles within it and what’s actually involved to take an idea from thought, to page, to screen. Also made me fully aware of my brand and how to best present myself for potential future projects. When it comes to scripts I now look at the in a completely different way and I take far more risks in my auditions / performances. Lastly, I believe creating good content is a great way to empower yourself and take more control of your career!

You can check out some of my projects at: www.fightmeproductions.com

Q9: What advice would you give to any of our young aspiring actors?

First and foremost have lots of FUN!

As for acting, always be working on your craft. The world is your stage and you can practice and perform anywhere, anytime. Read scripts, watch films, tv, theatre. You can grow daily if you so choose, for instance:

You can run through scenes at home, alone, with friends, you can walk into any shop, café etc. in character (within reason) and live the role whilst interacting with people you come into contact with and they’d never know your ACTING as that’s a big part of great acting. Don’t act — live it…

Here’s a few things to think about that may help:

Think about how the person your going to play walks, how do they dress, what’s their posture like, do they have an accent?

Then start to apply these things to your time being in the role. Personally I also like to animalise some of my characters adding some of the selected animal behaviours into the mix which I find can be extremely powerful.

Q10: Looking ahead, what is next in the pipe-line or what would be your next dream job?

I’ve recently come back from LA as my US management we’re keen to put a team around me to support my ambitions. Ten days of meetings and I now have a US theatrical agent, a commercial agent and a publicist joining the team. These along with my UK representation should hopefully assist to keep me being considered for projects.

I’d love to do another feature film before going onto another TV series but as long as the projects are high quality and the scripts are great I’m open to all and at some point another stint of theatre would be fun to do.

We’d like to thank Cengiz for his time and wish him the very best of luck with Knightfall and with all future projects.

Before applying for performance rights for our next show, we presented the current cast with a number of options and ask them to vote for shows they would love to appear in. We were delighted that so many children wanted us to do Peter Pan, not only because it is a truly magical show, but because there are so many great parts for our young actors to play. There are 33 parts in total plus many ensemble roles, ensuring that every member of the cast will be challenged in a fun and creative way.

Characters:

Peter Panthe boy who wouldn’t grow up

Tinker BellPeter Pan’s fairy and the Narrator of the story

The Fairies; Iridessa, Silvermist, Rosetta, Fawn, Lyria & VidiaTinker Bell’s friends

Wendythe eldest Darling child and a gifted story-teller

Johnthe middle Darling child and brother to Wendy and Michael

Michael the youngest Darling child and brother to Wendy and John

Mr. Darlingthe Father of Wendy, Michael and John

Mrs. Darlingthe Month of Wendy, Michael and John

Nanathe Darling children’s nursemaid and dog

Captain Hooka dangerous villain who seeks revenge on Peter Pan for the loss of his hand

SmeeCaptain Hook’s first mate and loyal servant

The Pirates; Jukes, Flint, Cookson, Murphy, Noodler & SkylightsCaptain Hook’s gang of Henchmen

The Crocodilea reptile who ate a ticking clock and Captain Hook’s hand

The Lost Boys; Cubby, Skunk, Hop, Fox & the Raccoon TwinsPeter Pan’s gang of orphans

Chief Tiger Bambooleader of the Indians and Father to Tiger Lily

Tiger LilyChief Tiger Bamboo’s daughter and Princess of the Island

The Indians; Brave Pine, Brave Oak, Brave Shrubnative inhabitants of Never Land

The Mermaids; Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella & Allanabeautiful sea creatures and friends of Peter Pan

We are delighted to announce our next show will be Disney’s Peter Pan JR!

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up.

An awfully big adventure awaits Wendy and her brothers in the magical island of Never Land. They join Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in a world made of faith, trust and pixie dust where they meet a host of wonderful characters including Tiger Lilly, the Lost Boys, the Fairies, the Mermaids, dastardly Captain Hook and the Pirates and last but not least the hungry Crocodile who is never far away!

The score includes new arrangements of much-loved classic Disney songs, such as Following the Leader, You Can Fly, The Second Star to the Right and Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.

Auditions for this production take place on Sunday 27th November from 10.30am-1.00pm at Hampton Hill Theatre. For more information about this production or to reserve an audition slot for your child please visit the Peter Pan Jr production page: www.dramacubeproductions.co.uk/peter-pan.

A terrifyingly terrific performance was enjoyed by parents at Hampton Hill Theatre last week, as our musical theatre students devised a spooky show inspired by classics from the world of theatre and film including; Ghost Busters, Little Shop of Horrors and Ghost Story.

The workshop production was led by guest director, Matthew Bunn who’s naturally creative style enabled the children to input their ideas and participate in every aspect of the production including set design and lighting.

Dramacube Productions’ Artistic Director, Stephen Leslie, who saw the show, complimented the young cast on how much they’d achieved in just two days. The performance had everything from excellent story-telling, well-rehearsed songs and an impressive ‘Michael Jackson’ style dance.

We asked set designer Alan Bower where he got his inspiration for the set of Elf the Musical Jr…

“As a designer there are three things that are imperative to think about. Firstly the script. You need to remain true to the story. Secondly the director’s concept, which in this case was simple but effective – key elements to carry the story and indeed the audience through the show by creating the world of the piece. Thirdly (and arguably the most important) research, Research, RESEARCH.  You need visual imagery to inspire you to create the settings.

I initially met with the director to thrash out ideas and do some on-the-spot pencil sketches throwing ideas about until we came across some vague formats for each of the scenes. With Elf the Musical Jr my biggest challenge was the almost instantaneous change from, what I called to myself, Santa Land to urban Manhattan. I would tell you more, but I don’t want to give too much away until the production is realised.

More detailed colour sketches were then realised, detailing every scene and movement around the stage. These get sent to the director for their approval or for any changes. Thankfully in this case there were very few and I could move onto the next stage!

Once the director has given approval for the ideas, it is on to what we in the industry call ‘the model box stage’. This is where you create a completely accurate scale model of the theatre and make scale models of each of the individual set pieces. The scale is 1:25, meaning that 1cm in the model is 25cm in real life. This needs to be very accurate as this is how we make sure the set will fit in the theatre! This is the stage I am at now. Rough and colour sketches have been drawn up and the full colour model has been approved by the director. All of the team, both on and off stage, work together to transfer this into reality…. I can’t wait to see the finished production!”

Dramacube company member, Milly Stephens, will be appearing at The Rose Theatre over the festive period in The Wind and the Willows. Here we ask her how she found the audition and if she has any advice for aspiring young actors.

Q1: You are appearing at The Rose Theatre this Christmas as part of The Wind in the Willows. Which role are you playing?

Rabbit Kitten

Q2: Tell us a bit about your character…

She is unbearably cute and loves gravy. She is also the youngest in the family of five rabbits. She always wants to make friends with people and is very friendly and a bit stupid.

Q3: How did you get the part?

I had a first audition where 300 people under 18 auditioned (on different days). Five days before the audition we were sent an excerpt from the script to learn. I had to perform this in front of the panel of four judges. I also had to learn a song that I was given during the audition. We sang it in pairs first then on our own in front of the judges. We also learnt a dance that was performed in small groups.

Three days later I found out that I had got into a recall which is a second round of auditions that 80 people got into. The recall is similar to the first audition but it is a lot harder – the text that you had to perform was from the script and it wasn’t just you saying your lines you had to act the scene out with other actors. You had to learn the dance and singing off by heart too and perform on your own. I found the recall a lot more challenging.

The Wind in the Willows will be performed from 7 December to January 4th at The Rose Theatre. We have two casts, I am in red cast and we will alternate so I will perform in 22 of the 44 shows. The Rose Theatre holds about 850 people, so we will perform to 35,000 over the December season. That’s a lot!

Q4: What do rehearsals involve and how often do you have to rehearse?

I rehearse every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for about 2-3 hours a day. It soon becomes every day nearer the show. Rehearsals involve some singing to start off with then we do some dance and then we either do “uniting” which is cutting the script into thoughts (not pages or scenes) or we might do animal work where you start with your animal at rest and then make it more and more human until it is 40% human and 60% animal. We also do “combat” for fight scenes and “clowning” because it is a comedy and also “characterization” so that your character is not generalised (eg any rabbit) but specific to your part (eg Rabbit Kitten).

Q5: Where do your rehearsals take place?

Mainly at the Rose theatre in one of the studios. Soon rehearsals will move to Raven’s Ait (the island in the river near Kingston town centre) where the set will be erected so we can practice our scenes. We can’t use the theatre as there are too many other productions being performed.

Q6: You are a member of Dramacube Productions acting company where you started off with a part in Fame Jr. last year. How did you find that experience?

Fame Jr. was my first production ever on a stage at a theatre. I was nervous before we started rehearsals, but we had so much fun together that my nerves turned into excitement. I made so many friends there that I still keep in touch with. Matt was my first director and he brought fun into acting but at the same time he made it feel professional. Fame was only produced in a week – it was one of the best experiences I have had in my life.

Q7: You played Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of Dramacube’s Christmas show last year. How did you learn your lines for such a big role?

Luckily my brother, Tom, was Edmund, one of the other children, so we could rehearse together at home. Because I love Dramacube so much I was dedicated to putting on a good performance. I found my friends there would help me. It was hard to fit in, but it wasn’t stressful as I enjoyed it so much.

Q8: Whilst with Dramacube you have also played Duffy in Annie Jr. and Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical in 20 Minutes. How did you find these roles and what has been your favourite role so far at Dramacube Productions? 

I loved being Duffy, one of the orphans, in Annie. We had great fun learning the words and the dances together. We performed Annie in Questors Theatre in Ealing, one of the largest amateur theatres in London, which was amazing and all my friends came to see me. For Miss Honey I made some new friends because I had never performed with any of that cast so everyone was new to me. Lots of them were younger, it was like watching me in Fame Jr. all over again.

Q9: What advice would you give to any young actor/actress going for an audition?

Be confident. Don’t be shy of who you are auditioning to as they will think you’ll definitely be shy on stage if you are in front of them. Don’t fear it because otherwise you will scared of something you are trying to achieve. Be brave and have self-confidence. Also have a go even if it looks impossible, there is always a way.

Be prepared: read what the play is about, the author, the characters. Learn the scripts they give you beforehand really thoroughly so you feel you are prepared for your performance. Last but not least give it a go and have fun!