Go through the wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia!

This June, Spotlites Children’s Theatre present the spellbinding, classic story of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ from well known author C.S. Lewis. It follows the story of 4 children, who enter the mystical world of Narnia through an old wardrobe, whilst there they encounter an array of various creatures and the mighty Aslan, who is struggling to keep Narnia safe from the clutches of the manipulative White Witch, who proceeds to try and end his reign and lead the children astray. The journey of the children tests their courage, determination, love for one another and their resolve when dealing with the threat of evil.

 

Spotlites Children’s Theatre are elated to present this remarkable show and with their previous shows catching the hearts of audiences and engulfing them in the stories they present, the audience for ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’will certainly not be disappointed. The production showcases a range of children aged 5-14 years old, including 12 year old Keri from Coxheath, Maidstone playing the role of the malevolent White Witch and 11 year old Emma playing the charming role of Lucy, the youngest of the 4 children; Emma played the role of Tinkerbell, in Spotlites Youth Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’ last Christmas.

Some of the cast members have shared their thoughts on why they are looking forward to being in the production and what they think audiences members will appreciate about the show.
‘I am so excited to perform in this show, as I’ve been given the opportunity to perform my first major speaking part and I have learnt so much from the older cast members and love working with everyone as they are all so kind and we all work well together as a team’

– Emma, 11, from Maidstone (Lucy)
‘I love being in this show because it has been a really fun experience and whilst at the theatre I get to be who I truly am and have also made many new, good friends’

– Owen, 12, from Sittingbourne (Professor)

 

‘I really love this show because it’s full of magical creatures and an exciting world which I get to be a part of and I can’t wait for the shows!’

– Billie, 10, from Allhallows (Dwarf)

 

‘I love every show that I have been involved in at Spotlites, however this one in particular is one of my favourites as it has two different sides to it which I think the audience will find interesting and we have had to use lots of teamwork which is great as I have met lots of new people who I hadn’t worked with before and I can learn from them.’

– Amber, 14, from Chatham (Maugrim the wolf)

 

‘I love this show as it is very different to others I have been in such as Seussical as there is a bigger cast and its a very different experience from previous shows I’ve been in which has allowed me to learn lots of new skills to use in my performances’

 – Gavin, 13, from Sittingbourne (Aslan)

 

‘I really enjoy this show as I love how my character develops and moves through the temptation they are faced with and moves through their mistakes and I also get to engage and communicate with lots of different people which I love’

– Lexi, 12, from Gillingham (Edmund)

 

‘I really like my part in this show because it is very fun and I get to travel to lots of different places within my character’s story and have had to think about both sides of the story a lot. I have also really enjoyed learning the skills needed to do the battles in the show, which I think the audience will enjoy’

– Tristan, 9, from Twydall (Mr Tumnus)

 

‘I am so happy with what I have learnt during this show and I think the best thing about the shows at Spotlites is that you get to work with so many different and talented people who you add to the brilliant learning experience’

– Keri, 12, from Coxheath, Maidstone (White Witch)

 

So book your tickets (online here) and join our intrepid adventurers as they go through the Wardrobe.

ACTRESS SAVES THE DAY AT SPOTLITES AT EDFRINGE 2015

SHOW MUST GO ON AS NONI STAPLETON STEPS INTO HAMLET ROLE

Award winning Actress Noni Stapleton saved the day this weekend as she stepped into the role of Gertrude in the English Repertory Theatre’s production of Hamlet at Spotlites at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Due to illness current actress Helen Bang was unable to perform, Noni who is starring in her own hit show Charolais at Spotlites, jumped at the chance to help out a fellow theatre company. With a script in hand she saved the company from having to cancel the show and wowed audiences with her very ‘on the spot’ performance.

Noni Stapleton said “I loved it, I relished the challenge and I’d never see a theatre company stuck! They’re a brave talented bunch and a joy to work with. It was certainly an adrenaline filled ‘I can’t believe I’m going to do this’ joy. It’s a great act of trust, the acting lark, never more so than at times like this. It was my privilege.”

Gavin Davis of English Repertory Theatre, commented; “I met Noni on the first day of performance and was immediately struck with her talent. She was the first person I turned to for help and without hesitation she agreed.”

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work, refreshingly brought up to date by English Reparatory Theatre, the play explodes with modern ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, emerging actress Rachel Waring, at the age of 26, the youngest women ever to play the eponymous Prince. The role of Gertrude will be played by a replacement actor from the RSC for the rest of the run, which closes on 31 August.

Noni Stapleton is an Irish actress, playwright, and voice over artist. Her one woman play Charolais (until 30 August) won the Bewley’s ‘Little Gem’ award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014. Charolais takes the age old story of one woman’s jealousy of her female rival in love and gives it a new twist: the other woman is cow, a literal one, a purebred Charolais heifer!

Spotlites are encouraging audiences to see Hamlet twice in one day as Hamlet (A One Man Play) is also performed at the venue (in the mornings until 22 August) by award winning Spanish actor Alfredo Padilla. Alfredo explores all the possibilities, restructuring the original order of the tale.

Spotlites programme of events can be viewed on http://www.spotlites.co.uk or http://www.edfringe.com

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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