We have eleven Tiny Pirates stowed away in Treasure Island. These talented kids are from our Drama Club and holiday workshops. Anna, Celeste, Cici, Didi, Gigi, Isaac, Madeleine, Miranda, Olivia, Siana and Tom have been working super hard over the past few weeks, and we snuck backstage to interview them.
A lot of them want to act when they’re older (Madeleine, Didi, Gigi and Olivia all want to tread the boards), and as Didi says, being in the show is great experience. Cici says that the best part is how you get to act, dance and sing, and therefore can improve all elements of performance. Isaac fancies becoming a director, and says that one of the highlights of the show is meeting the adult cast because it gives a good sense of the professional world. In fact, meeting the professional actors is pretty much universally voted for as the best part of being in the show.
As well as acting, they’re all keen musicians! The most popular instrument seems to be the piano, which Cici, Celeste and Tom all play. Miranda and Gigi are serious singers, and Anna and Olivia play the guitar. Siana plays the sax, Isaac plays the drums and both Gigi and Didi play the harp. Perhaps we should have a Youth Chorus band…
We’ve been doing a lot of homework backstage too, and they’re a pretty intellectual bunch. English crops up a lot as a favourite subject, Anna, Didi, Miranda and Madeleine all love it. IT is one of Tom’s favourites and Isaac enjoys Latin. Science is top of the list for Olivia and Gigi (who’s picking her GCSEs this year). Whilst Celeste loves Art and D.T., Cici is the only one who chose maths!
Acting in a professional show is no mean feat, and so we asked them what aspect of the show they’re most proud of. Both Miranda and Siana are proud of getting the final dance right. Tom is most proud of throwing a fish during a dance number, as its one of the few moments when the Youth Chorus get their own props. The curtain call is also voted as a great moment by Cici, Celeste and Didi. Gigi and Olivia both agree that performing on press night was their proudest moment of the run so far, whilst Anna went onstage the day after fracturing her wrist – a true professional!
And to round off, we asked them what they liked most about Drama Club and Holiday Workshops. Getting to learn new plays and styles of theatre was Olivia’s answer, whilst Miranda says the multi-roling allows her to play lots of different characters which she wouldn’t otherwise get to. Madeleine rates learning improv skills, whilst Isaac and Anna both like how you get to meet new people.
Catch this talented bunch in Treasure Island!