West End Diary Week 4
Its nearly show-time. Just one more week and 48 children aged 5-16 years from Wildcats Theatre School will be taking to the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Over the past weeks we have been following the rehearsals by printing diaries written by the children.
This week, Caitlin Hancock, Age 9 from Baston tells us about the excitement of a visit from Rutland Radio, and the fun of putting on the costumes for the Shrek routine.
“Sunday 16th January - our second all day rehearsal and only two weeks to go til our big performance. Everybody is really excited and cannot stop talking about our big day. First of all we practised Annie. I felt we were better than last week. We showed lots of expression and sang really loud but did not shout!
A film maker then came to see us, Martin Tempest from Image Productions, in preparation for our next big audition. He watched us sing and dance to our Shrek and Annie performances. He also brought his baby boy – so cute! During lunchtime, while we were meant to be resting ready for a busy afternoon of more singing and dancing, we found ourselves still practising our dance moves.
Rob Persani from Rutland Radio came in and challenged Bethan (another West End Wildcat) to name the Shrek characters. Bethan won. She named 18 of them. We also had our first dress rehearsal. Everybody looked fandabbydozy. I am going to be a princess. My favourite costume and character is Pinocchio because of his colourful outfit. The only thing missing was his long nose.
We practised lots and lots today. I think we are all getting better and better each week. By the time the 30th January gets here, we will all be SUPERCALAFRAGALISTIEXPIALADOSHUS.
We are a very noisy lot, us girls and of course not forgetting Matt, but that is because we are having so much fun. Caz and Kelly-Ann have worked really hard to make everything perfect for us all.
I am having the best time of my life and it is the biggest thing I have ever done.”