Looking for some Drama in your life?

Are you aged between 4 and 25 – Looking for some Drama in your life?

Spotlites runs youth theatre sessions for varying ages groups at their base, Spotlites Theatre in Chatham and also in Maidstone and Sittingbourne. Spotlites aims to reach as many young people who are interested in drama as possible and is recruiting new members now!

Spotlites Youth Theatre is one of the highest profile youth theatres in the country, drawing young aspiring actors from all over Kent in small friendly groups. Spotlites is a chance to do drama your way, whether you want a bit of time to escape the pressures of life every week, or are thinking of a career in performing and want to eat, sleep and dream it: there is something for you at Spotlites!

 

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The cast of April’s production of Seussical the musical

Spotlites Youth Theatre are known for their wide variety of productions, anything from the newest rock musicals to classical Shakespearean texts. The same thing is true of their drama sessions. A range of topics are covered and used to inform and invent innovative pieces of drama from the actors’ own views and imaginations. Such topics include: comedy, Shakespeare, musical theatre, contemporary plays, physical theatre, voice and mask. These are interpreted in many kinds of theatre, such as naturalism, expressionism, surrealism, theatre of the absurd, and more.
There is also a chance for members to audition for large scale productions with all the members of Spotlites, making more new friends. Spotlites Youth Theatre has recently put on a production of ‘Seussical’ which was a fast paced, inspiring rock musical, full of hidden meanings and an important moral. The next big musical Spotlites Youth Theatre will be showing is ‘Rent‘ which will be performed this September. Spotlites Youth Theatre’s productions have been praised for their high quality and innovative work.
For all those also interested in other aspects of performing arts, they hold dancing and singing classes right before the drama sessions so you can fit it all in one evening!

Joining Spotlites Youth Theatre is a great way to get involved in performing and to help start you off in a performing arts career, and you’ll get there with a smile on your face.

Here is what a couple of budding actors said about Spotlites:

‘Being part of the Spotlites Youth Theatre has given me a sense of identity  it’s given me a sense of belonging, it has helped me become the person I have become today, as an aspiring performer Spotlites has taught me techniques that places like schools don’t even think of, I am truly thankful for the family and friendships I have gotten from Spotlites Youth Theatre’ – Jamie, 17, from Strood

‘Being part of Spotlites has helped me gain confidence and I am so grateful for the help they have given me. I have also learnt so many techniques to use, not only in my acting but also in daily life and I have also made lots of really special friends!’ – Hannah, 15, from Rainham

 

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A Minotaur from June’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Here is how you join in at Spotlites:

Visit www.spotlites.co.uk or phone them on 01634 829468 or send them an email to takepart@spotlites.co.uk

 

Edfringe 2015 – Producer’s Blog

It’s one of my favourite times of the year (no, not Christmas! ) The month before EdFringe kicks off in August!

At Spotlites we work on our EdFringe season from September the previous year. It’s a heck of a lot of work and it all culminates in the opening of our venue, Spotlites Venue 278 in Hanover Street.

By the time we get to that moment, we will have visited hundreds of productions, met thousands of incredibly creative people, produced hundreds of thousands of fliers and posters, travelled thousands of miles, co-ordinated hundreds of touring shows and then built a West End standard theatre starting from the floor up…

That’s not to mention rehearsing and packing the 6 different productions that we’re taking to Edfringe ourselves too.

But this month beforehand when we are so incredibly busy, is so exciting, invigorating and energising. Anticpating some incredible performances, some gems of shows, amazing companies who grow and develop their work in front of your eyes, from one day to the next. Phenomenal performers who take EdFringe in their stride and then shake it up by the ears!

EdFringe is the biggest Arts market place in the world and we are so proud to have the very best companies at Spotlites, driving and inspiring this great Festival.

Roll on August!

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Spotlites Producer asks cast & crew about their latest show ‘Sleeping Beauty & the Time Lords’

We spent TIME with Spotlites Technical Director Colin, and actors James, Kieron and Zac; here’s what they had to say:

So what makes ‘Sleeping Beauty and the Time Lords’ unique?

CK: It is a play which totally immerses the audience, it is an hour and a bit of fantasy science fiction (Space Opera is the official style) It’s a wonderful way to be a hero and save the day without the exclusion of being plugged into a Playstation oblivious to anyone in the outside world. It is sociable, the audience all have to work together.  The story is a fantastic twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty story, intertwining a parody of Dr Who and allowing the audience to be victorious. The play teaches right from wrong without preaching and shows that even the side-kick thief can turn out to be a good guy after all. Without the kids joining in and learning the Sonic Screwdriver techniques Aurora is doomed, so come join in and save her!

What’s the best thing about working in interactive children’s theatre?

JC: It’s very rewarding work. The effect is almost immediate; it’s delightful to see a parent playing with their child and being caught in their sense of wonderment. Inspiring that feeling and knowing that you’ve helped facilitate a family moment is incredibly fulfilling.

Why should someone bring their family to watch ‘Sleeping Beauty and the Time Lords’?

CK: It is a fun show that really gets the kids drawn into the world of the play, the adventure we all go on is ‘real’ for them. They desperately want to go onstage and help, they want to help the heroes defeat the evil characters in the play, they even cheer when the heroes win. It’s a magical experience and parents really enjoy watching their kids get so involved with the show.

 

What’s your favourite thing that a child has said to you after the show?

KR: I loved it when the robot shot him! Tyler, aged 5.

James, what are you most looking forward to about playing The Doctor?

JC: His inherent sense of mania is always fun to portray. His moral compass is also fascinating; its wonderful to discover which side of ethics he’ll fall down on. He is, in essence, alien. Neither greatly good nor greatly bad, but different. It gives a lot of personality and character avenues to explore.

Kieron, you play more than one character in the play, how do you swop between them?

KR: Swapping character relies on knowing each character’s story inside out. The physical and vocal changes happen only with a lot of practice jumping between one and the other. Costume helps a bit, but that too takes practice when costume changes are less than 10 seconds!

Zac, you’re a newcomer – what’s the best thing about playing Fighter Fairy Guardian F8?

ZM: Learning about wand use and being able to combat using it, for example fighting and using the wand to control Kieron’s character, F-12.

Colin, you create the sci-fi special effects and props – what’s your favourite one?

CK: My favourite prop is the Temporal Chronogram that children from the audience go onstage to build. The design is something the children have drawn earlier in the show and the actors use their diagrams to create the Temporal Chronogram using lots of different electronic bits which are all over the stage which the kids have to find. Obviously I’ve added lots of LEDs and wires to them and made them look more space age.

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Timelord in Spotlites latest play ‘Sleeping Beauty & the Time Lords’

 

When films can do so much with CGI how can theatre keep up?

CK: By keeping it simple but real and suggestive – I love CGI in films (I’m a sci-fi nut) as it can fully immerse you into the world of the film, but with theatre I try to use the children’s own imagination to create the scenes in the play. So any special effect must be not only impressive but also able to fit into people’s imagination easily which means less crafted detail but with a strong image. For example the spiral copper pipe that is the gold spinning machine in the show. It is simple but also suggestive and really looks the part when Aurora pricks her finger on it. It also is instantly removable by the actors who ‘scavenge’ it during their criminal pursuits. Everyone in the audience knows it is the spinning wheel, even though it looks nothing like a real one, this means they are concentrating on worrying about Aurora and what the Cyberwitch is about to do. A real Grotowski prop!

What’s your favourite part of ‘Sleeping Beauty and the Time Lords’?

JC: It’s a wonderful story; it’s well-crafted, enjoyable and cathartic. As you’re performing the show, you can see the audiences fall into the story and become enthralled by it. There’s something for everyone: good versus evil; a beautiful princess and dashing prince; scientific concepts and apparatus; revenge; retribution; redemption; it’s funny; charming; endearing; and above all a great family adventure at Spotlites!