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.

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Spotlites Technical Manager reveals what he packs in his Edinburgh suitcase

I am about to go to Edinburgh to build 3 theatre spaces in our own edfringe venue Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall and was thinking what is the most important thing to pack.

spotlites suitcase packed

packed full of gaffa tape?

Well, we spend about 3 months in technical preparation for the Edinburgh festival – this includes things like pat testing thousands of metres of cables, lights, fans, sound desks and all the electrical equipment we need. We also maintain all the equipment from simple changing gels in a light up to soldering pcbs (printed circuit boards) on a sound desk. But it is way more than that, for example we have to run in lots of cables for the lights in the theatre and we have to calculate the length of the cable – no point taking five 3 metre cables when you only need one 15 meter one and different things need different connectors. The sound desk uses jacks and xlrs, the lights need 15 amp connectors, the intelligent lights need 16amp and dmx connectors, laptops need rj45 connectors, printers use usb connectors, the dimmers use 63amp connectors on three phases – it is a logistical rollercoaster of interconnectivity.

 

spotlites cable connectors cheap

which ones goes where?

So how do we ensure it all works as it should – simple – we build the venue before we take it to Edinburgh. No, not actually get brick layers and plumbers involved, we set up the lights with their dimmers and the lighting console with all the cables, power, gels, dmx addresses, hanging ironmongery, we plug all the sound equipment into everything and test if everything all works. This may sound a bit like we over do things but we are restricted by the amount of actual time we have on site in Edinburgh. Then we spend ages labelling everything with how it links together.

 

spotlites cheap pat test label free

pass or fail

So back to the original question, what tools do we take – well not many as everything should just plug and play – although we do take our general tool box for repairs and maintenance. And I do sneak into one of the trucks our welding gear when no one is looking. So the most important thing I take with me is my spotlites schedule of fit-up and technical drawings – which is all on my laptop and printed out as a backup as well of course.

 

Spotlites technical cad drawing help

Technical Drawing of something

 

 

Do other playwrights feel like this? – Spotlites Artistic Director asks

I write plays for Spotlites. Sometimes. When they decide to be written. Which can take a very long time. Sometimes they are running around my head for years before they allow themselves to be caught and written down.

I am about to write another play; it’s in the elusive catch me if you can, peek-a-boo phase where I can see most of it but not quite all of it. Exciting but mystifying.

Spotlites Butterfly Emerges

Monarch Butterfly Emerges

People often say to me that writing plays must be a lonely task, which is funny, because actually it feels quite the reverse to me! Suddenly my head is full of other people’s thoughts, emotions and ideas which are all scrabbling over themselves to be written down. It can actually start to feel crowded in there!

I think writing plays is one of the most joyous experiences I have had; especially when the structure starts to reveal itself and you can see the shape of all the ideas that you’ve been having. So I am looking forward to the moment immensely. If trepidatiously! Waiting to see these characters emerge into the light!

It’s a bit like when you first see the butterfly, damp, scruffy, a bit bedraggled but nonetheless you can see what he’s going to be any minute!

Do other playwrights feel like this?

 

Spotlites Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly