The Wizard of Oz Costume Designs

Dorothy and Friends

With auditions and rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz fast approaching, our back stage team have been busy in pre-production developing set and costume ideas.

In this post, designer Christine Osborne shares her initial costume designs for some of the

Crow & Winged Monkeys

central characters in The Wizard of Oz.

All designs will be discussed with production directors Matthew Bunn and Stephen Leslie, then developed over the next four weeks in preparation for the sourcing and making process.

Emerald City Costumes

Our young actors will have an opportunity to try on their costume during our Sunday rehearsals in December.

Once our actors have tried on, and rehearsed in their costumes, Christine and her team will make any required alterations in advance of the second Dress rehearsal at Hampton Hill Theatre during production week.

This process ensures our casts have sufficient time to get use to their costumes and provides our back stage team with time make any changes needed before the performances.

2018-2019 Arts Richmond Swan Award Nominations

We are delighted to confirm that we have received an incredible five nominations in the 2018 – 19 Arts Richmond Swan Awards.

Best Youth Production 

Twickenham Green Cast

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe directed by Matthew Bunn. Hampton Hill Theatre, December 2018.

We first staged The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in December 2015 at Hampton Hill Theatre.

Always a popular choice for a Christmas show, we decided to apply for the performance rights again when writer Irita Kutchmy kindly granted us permission to edit the show, making it more suitable for a large cast.

 

Congratulations to all of our casts in Twickenham and Hampton Hill.  We are delighted your hard work, commitment and talent has been recognized with this nomination.

Best Girl Performer Aged 14 or Under –

Daisy Allen for the role of The White Witch in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Hampton Hill Theatre, December 2018.

Daisy Allen as the White Witch

This was Daisy’s debut production with Dramacube Twickenham, having only auditioned a few months earlier.  The White Witch is a huge role, central to the plot and carries lots of responsibility for the actor playing the part.

 

Daisy did exceptionally well to land the role, particularly as she was up against many other actors with considerably more experience.

She gave an excellent performance and we are delighted that her efforts have been recognized with this nomination.

Adam Gaunt as Edmund

Best Boy Performer Aged 14 or Under –

Adam Gaunt for the role of Edmund in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Hampton Hill Theatre, December 2018

In taking on the role of Edmund, Adam was challenged with a character whose actions are pivotal to the plot and represent god verses evil as he changes from greedy to brave, the central theme of the story.

This was a huge role which Adam fully understood and gave a fine performance, initially as the selfish boy who betrays his siblings, then the contrasting hero demonstrating bravery.

We are delighted Adam’s achievement with this role has been recognized with a Swan Award nomination.

 

 

Finn Bralow for the role of the Genie in Aladdin Jr. Hampton Hill Theatre, March 2019

With Hollywood names such as Robin Williams and Will Smith associated with this role, there can be no doubt of the talent required to

Finn Bralow playing the Genie

carry it off and Finn, with his charismatic portrayal of this iconic character proved to everyone that he is a true all-rounder, highly capable of playing such a leading role.

His performance was both entertaining and authentic and we are delighted that the Swan Judges have recognized his talents again.

 

Ethan O’Keeffe as Sultan

Ethan O’Keeffe for the role of Sultan in Aladdin Jr. Hampton Hill Theatre, March 2019

The Sultan is Princess Jasmine’s father and the pompous but kind ruler of Agrabah.

It is believed that some characteristics of this role were inspired by the Wizard of Oz (Our next production!), to create a bumbling authority figure and Ethan demonstrated these traits perfectly as he struggled to rule not only his kingdom but his feisty daughter Jasmine.

As an older character, this is a particularly challenging role for a young actor to play and we are delighted Ethan has been nominated for an award.

 

The Swan Award judges watch around 240 productions each year and see many, many youth actors so to receive a nomination is a tremendous achievement and we congratulate our talented young performers on receiving this recognition.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday 15th September at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington and we wish all of our nominees the very best of luck.

K’ja Young Thomas to Choreograph The Wizard of Oz

We are delighted to confirm that K’ja will return to choreograph The Wizard of Oz Twickenham and Hampton Hill casts.

K’ja started as a student at Dramacube Twickenham playing a number of roles including an excellent performance as Miss. Hannigan in our production of Annie Jr. at Hampton Hill Theatre in 2017.

K’ja is the only student to have graduated to become a teacher at Dramacube have trained extensively in dance and gymnastics from a young age.

K’ja will join the team to support Matt, Steve, Abbey and Dani at Dramacube Hampton Hill and Twickenham. She will also be part of the team at our summer Mary Poppins summer holiday workshops at Hampton Hill Theatre and the Exchange Theatre, Twickenham.

 

 

Dani Bond Returning to Hampton Hill this Autumn! 

Musical Theatre at Twickenham and Hampton

Dani Bond – Musical Theatre Teacher at Hampton Hill

We are delighted to announce that Dani Bond will be returning to work on The Wizard of Oz at Hampton Hill this Autumn.

Dani, who assisted on Aladdin Jr. this Spring and took the reigns at Dramacube Hampton Hill and Twickenham to direct Revolting Children during the summer term has been an integral member of the team at Dramacube for the past five years and hopes to direct again at Dramacube soon.

Many of you will know Dani as our amazing stage manager, but her creative talents run much deeper than that!

Dani will join the Hampton Hill team, supporting Director Steve Leslie and Choreographer K’ja Young-Thomas.

 

Dramacube Founder to Direct The Wizard of Oz Hampton Hill Casts

Wizard of Oz Director at Hampton Hill

Steve Leslie to Direct at Hampton Hill this Autumn

Dramacube founder Steve Leslie will return to direct the Hampton Hill casts of The Wizard of Oz.

Steve, who founded Dramacube in 2011 has directed numerous productions including Alice in Wonderland Jr., (Waterman’s) Annie Jr. (Questor’s Theatre and Hampton Hill Theatre), Elf the Musical Jr. & Peter Pan Jr. (Hampton Hill Theatre).

Steve also recently Directed Ellie and Starlight the Musical (Hampton Hill Theatre).

Steve will be assisted by musical-theatre teacher Dani Bond and Choreographer K’ja Young Thomas.

 

Abbey Mordue Joins the Team for The Wizard of Oz

We are delighted to announce that musical theatre teacher Abbey Mordue will be joining the team at Dramacube Twickenham for our

New teacher at Dramacube

Abbey Mordue – Musical Theatre Teacher

Autumn term production of The Wizard of Oz.

Abbey was born in Australia and started her singing career at the tender age of 7 when performed at The Sydney Opera House.

Having relocated to London, Abbey went on to study ‘Acting for the Musical Stage’ at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She later recieved a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and acquired a Master’s in Music, specialising in Jazz Singing.

Abbey has played many roles on both stage and screen and is probably best known for playing the role of ‘Kerry’ on Channel 4’s ‘The Inbetweeners’. She has also fronted ‘Mickey’s Christmas Big Band’ at Disneyland Paris and co-founded the music comedy group ‘Four Femmes on the Thames’ who won ‘The UK Music Comedy Awards 2016.

These days Abbey can be found fronting ‘The Jitter Kings’ and ‘Madame Mixtape’ and holds singing residencies at Ronnie Scott’s and Soho House venues. With all this vocal experience under her belt Abbey now coaches young students to get into Drama School and Music Academies.

Abbey will be working with Director Matthew Bunn and Choreographer K’ja Young-Thomas and will also join the team at Hampton Hill Theatre for the Mary Poppins summer holiday workshop.

Welcome Back Matthew!

We are delighted to confirm that Dramacube Artistic Director Matthew Bunn will be returning to direct the Twickenham Blue and

Artistic Director Matthew Bunn

Twickenham Green casts in our Autumn production, The Wizard of Oz.

Matthew took some time out at Dramacube over the summer term due to filming commitments, but manged to get back to see our performance of Revolting Children at the Exchange Theatre in Twickenham on the final day of term.

Matthew is really excited to be back and can’t wait to get started on the Wizard of Oz.  He will also be heading up our Mary Poppins summer holiday workshops at Hampton Hill Theatre and the Exchange, Twickenham.

You can read more about Matthew on our Team Page.

 

Rehearsals start again this week

Holiday Workshops this Summer in Twickenham and Hampton Hill

With the school summer holidays almost upon us, preparations are firmly underway for our ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ Mary Poppins musical theatre workshops.

We kick off on 24th July with three days of performance fun at Hampton Hill Theatre where children will benefit from working on the main

Hampton Hill Theatre to host new Dramacube cast

Hampton Hill Theatre will host our first Mary Poppins Summer Workshop this year.

stage, with lighting and sound as they build towards a show for family and friends to enjoy on the afternoon of day 3.

As many of you will know, Hampton Hill Theatre is a very special place, and we have run  exciting workshops and performed numerous shows on the main stage for the past eight years.

Workshops in Twickenham for children

The Exchange Theatre, Twickenham will host our second Mary Poppins Workshop

We are really excited about being back at Hampton Hill for our summer 2019 workshops and look forward to working with the many children who will be returning to work with us in July in additional to all those joining us for the first time.

Next up will be our second Mary Poppins workshop which will be hosted by the Exchange Theatre in Twickenham from 14th to 16th August.

The Exchange Theatre in Twickenham offers excellent rehearsal facilities as well as a main stage which provides our young actors with a great opportunity to develop their show in a creative space and then perform under the lights.

The Theatre is in an excellent location in Twickenham with great connections to locals busses and Twickenham station across the road.

Since it opened we have regularly rehearsed shows and run many successful holiday workshops at the Exchange which provides an excellent alternative to our other Twickenham venue, St. Mary’s University.

We look forward to seeing you all either at Hampton Hill Theatre in July or at the Exchange in Twickenham in August.  For further details about the events visit our workshops page.

 

Mary Poppins for Children in Hampton and Twickenham

Mary Poppins – Summer Holiday Workshops Announced

We are going ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ this summer as we take off with Mary Poppins for three-day musical-theatre workshops inspired by the classic Disney film.

Working with directors and choreographers, students will learn scenes, songs and routines as they work towards a show.  On day three, the cast will take to the main stage at the theatre where they will participate in a technical and dress rehearsal before giving a performance under the lights for family and friends to enjoy.

Workshops take place from Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th July at Hampton Hill Theatre and Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th August at the Exchange Theatre, Twickenham.

There will be a performance on the Friday at 3.15pm.

  • All-day workshops (9.30am – 4.00pm)
  • Acting, singing and dance
  • Perform on stage under the lights this summer!

Dramacube’s three-day workshop productions are ideal for children who love to act, sing and dance and participate in musical theatre.

Workshop fee: £110.

Visit our website for details or book here.

Dramacube at Hampton Hill Theatre

Richmond Councillors Back Ellie & Starlight 

After delighting young audiences at Hampton Hill theatre in April, Ellie & Starlight the Musical has also attracted the support of local councillors Monica Saunders and Matthew Hull who both saw the production.

Original cast of Ellie Starlight the Musical with Cllr Saunders

Cast of Ellie & Starlight with Cllr. Saunders

Cllr. Saunders, who had backed the initial crowd-funding campaign with the South West London Environment Network said “It’s inspiring to see that the crucial message about climate change can be brought to young children in a creative and entertaining way.  We hope that everyone who goes to see the musical has a really enjoyable time and learns the importance of taking care of our planet”

Local Cllr sees production

Cllr. Hull with play-write Kenneth Mason

Cllr. Hull, who attended the show and met with play-write Kenneth Mason and actors Liis Mikk and Kate Barton after the show said “Ellie & Starlight is an engaging musical with magical characters and catchy tunes. It is an excellent way of teaching children about climate change and how it impacts on the lives of ourselves and people in far away countries, who are often forgotten about”. 

Ellie and Starlight played to almost 900 people including groups from the Ivy Tree Nursery, Greenacres Nursery and Hampton Hill Junior School, with children learning about climate change and how they can make wiser choices to make a difference to our global environment.

The support of the local community, schools and nurseries, councillors and the South West London

Cllr Hull visits Hampton Hill Theatre

Cllr. Hull with Kate Barton & Liis Mikk

Environment Network has been a huge help in making the production possible.

Producer Stephen Leslie said “The amazing feedback received after the production and the support of all parties involved is helping us to take Ellie & Starlight onto the next level and we are now in talks with different organizations and individuals about taking the show to more venues and spreading this important message to more families and young people.”