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

 

Christmas Drama Workshops at Spotlites THIS week

Be sure not to miss out THIS week on Spotlites phenomenal Drama Workshops for 5-12s!

Drama Workshops at Spotlites are a magical way to grab a taste of theatre and fun this Christmas! They are also brilliant for introducing children; especially those who are new to theatre, into the beautiful world that helps them bring their favourite stories to life. The exciting new themes allow children to bring the tales close to their hearts alive when they jump into them and become immersed in the enchantment, mischief and fun that follows.

Spotlites amazing team of professional actors are brilliant at engaging each and every child into the joyousness and all have enhanced DBS checks, so you can drop off your children and collect them after the hour. Children can also stay through if they want to take part in more than one workshop, parents do not watch but are welcome to wait in Spotlites new cafe area.

Themes are available to suit all interests from joining the Rainbow fairies to bring some Rainbow Magic into Christmas, voyaging to the Pacific Islands with Moana, firing lasers with the Vision and shooting webs with Spiderman after a civil war breaks the Avengers apart and being whisked away into the mystical world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to save Christmas! If Star Wars is more their thing, children can join Rogue One to battle Storm Troopers to steal the plans for the Death Star! Or join Frankie’s Magic Football gang and save the lost elf in time for Christmas!

With the company’s illustrious reputation, style and experience of interactive performance, children of all ages will definitely not be disappointed. Reviewers have shared their thoughts on the experience and they reflect on the brilliance of the workshops offered:

***** “WOW-tastic” – British Theatre Guide

***** “Outstanding” – FringeReview

 

 

 

Dates and themes

Thursday 22nd December 2017:

Christmas Rainbow Magic – Join Holly, Robyn, Stella and her fairy friends for some Christmas magic! (10am-11am)

Moana – Explore the beautiful Pacific Islands as you set about on a voyage with Moana and Maui the demigod to go on a special, secret mission for her ancestors (11am-12pm)

Friday 23rd December 2017:
Frankie’s Magic Football and the Elf Express – Use your football skills in order to get the lost elf back to his world and return in time for Christmas (10am-11am)

Star Wars: Rogue One – Fight with the resistance to steal the plans for the Death Star and battle the storm troopers (11am-12pm)

Avengers: Captain America vs Iron Man – Which side will you be on as a civil war causes the divide of the avengers? (12pm-1pm)

Saturday 24th December 2017 (Christmas Eve):
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Use the power of friendship to triumph over the time-turner to save Christmas from the dementors and death eaters! Workshop also contains a small gift for each child taking part! (10am-11am – £10)

Listings Information

Venue: Spotlites @ Kings Theatre, 338 High Street, Chatham ME4 4NR

Production: Drama Workshops for 5-12s

Company: Spotlites Theatre Productions

Dates:

Thursday 22nd December – Christmas Rainbow Magic 10am-11am, Moana – 11am-12pm.

Friday 23rd December – Frankie’s Magic Football and the Elf Express 10am-11am, Star Wars: Rogue One 11am-12pm, Avengers: Captain America vs Iron Man 12pm-1pm.

Saturday 24th December – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 10am-11am

Time: 10am-11am, 11am-12pm noon, 12pm noon-1pm

Tickets: £8 per child (Saturday 24th December £10 as includes a small gift for each child)

Box office: 01634 829468

Website: http://www.spotlites.co.uk- Book online now so you don’t miss out as we sell out fast!

Press Release – Second star to the right and straight on till morning…

Media Release – Spotlites – 29 November 2016

This December, Spotlites Youth Theatre presents the classic, magical story of‘Peter Pan’. From the brilliant JM Barrie, ‘Peter Pan’ is not to a show to be missed. Following the story of the vibrant, curious Peter Pan who loses his mischievous shadow on a trip to London and meets the imaginative Wendy Darling who helps him to reattach it, in return he gifts her with a trip to the beautiful Neverland where the jealous Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the unforgiving Captain Hook await.

 
Spotlites Youth theatre is overjoyed to present this dazzling show, to bring some magic into the Medway Christmas experience this year and with the company’s esteemed reputation, audiences will definitely not be disappointed. The production of ‘Peter Pan’ showcases over 40 Spotlites Youth members of all ages, including 16 year old Jamie from Strood, who played Jack in April’s production of ‘Into the Woods’, 10 year old Emma from Allington, Maidstone and 8 year old Abigail from Gillingham who is starring in her first ever Youth Theatre show!

 

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Some of the cast members have shared their thoughts and feelings on their experiences of working on the production and shed light on why audiences should get booking their tickets:

 

“ Peter Pan has been one of the best experiences I’ve had in a show with Spotlites. The intricate story line makes a great piece of drama around Christmas time and the adaption and differences from the well known versions give the play a lot more grit so its almost an entirely new story” – Jamie, 15, from Strood (Peter)

 

“ Being in Peter Pan is completely different from what I have done before and I can work with different people and get to use a set of different skills including improvisation and leading a group of people which is a new and exciting experience for me. People should come and see it as the detailed storyline links all the characters together and the audience would enjoy working it out, it is also a brilliant show for all ages, so would be the perfect present for Christmas!” – Tegan, 14, from Chatham (Tiger Lily)
 

“ I really enjoy working with the cast of Peter Pan as I am meeting lots of new people and am getting the chance to spend lots of time with people of the same interests as me. Being part of the production is extremely enjoyable and I am happy to have the chance to perform with so many brilliant people” – Likezo, 15, from Sittingbourne (Panther)

 

“I really like being in the show because it is different to anything I have ever done before and I am learning so many new techniques and I get to spend lots of time and share the experience with my friends’ – Emma, 10, from Allington, Maidstone (Tinker Bell)

 

“ I am really excited to be in Peter Pan because I have my chance to be an understudy for Tinker Bell and I get to use lots of different skills to play my part as a fairy. I like being in the show because it brings my beliefs to life from when I was little and my nan and grandad had a fairy garden. I also get to spend time with my friends which is fun!” – Abigail, 8, from Gillingham (Fairy)

 

“The cast of Peter Pan are like a family and the connection between everyone is special and something you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. The atmosphere when we are performing together is spectacular. If I could describe Spotlites production of Peter Pan in one word it would be magical. Spotlites creates a family for us to feel welcomed and at home and being a part of Peter Pan has been one of the best experiences of my performing life and I cannot wait to share its magic with everyone in December” – Ellie, 17, from Upper Stoke (Native)

 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of Peter Pan and once again I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with a fantastic cast. The character exploration and fulfilling atmosphere of excitement which surround each rehearsal has to be my favorite thing about the production. From the caring yet mischievous lost boys, to the edgy pirates and intelligent natives, there is never a dull moment working in the magical fantasies of Neverland” – Elysia, 17, from Gillingham (Wendy)

 
“Working alongside different age groups whilst trying to find innovative ways of creating the magical spectacle that is Peter Pan has been a rewarding experience! What I have enjoyed most is making it the opposite to expectations of the story with the evil mermaids and mischievous fairies. I am looking forward to the upcoming performances and showing the hard work we’ve all put into it”  – Lauryn, 17, from Chatham (Mrs Darling)

 

 

‘Peter Pan’ is a magical, layered story that dives into the beautiful world of Neverland to bring joy and wonder into everyone’s expedience this Christmas.

 

The Fairies

This media release written by Rachael, aged 17, member of Spotlites Youth Theatre

Website: http://www.spotlites.co.uk
Email: office@spotlites.co.uk
Online Box Office: http://intelligent-tickets.co.uk/index.php?th=sp
Phone: 01634 829468