Well, here at StageAbility HQ we are over the moon to have received one of the first official licences to perform Matilda the Musical Jr. and we shall be working on this show for our “Show in a Week” Summer Drama Camp this year!

This means that children in and around Wokingham, Burghfield/Mortimer and Tilehurst will be able to join our cast, rehearsing from Monday 2nd August and performing the show on Saturday 7th August at The Alan Cornish Theatre, Woodley.

For those of you who have never joined us on a Summer Drama Camp before, I thought you’d like to get an insight into exactly how the week should pan out and what to expect…

Here’s what we’ll be doing:

In advance of the summer drama camp:
You will be sent some resources (a link to some music, lyrics and some script) so that you can start practicing at home.  If you want to audition for a main part, you will be sent the things that you will need to prepare for the audition.  (If you just want to join in all the fun of the ensemble, that’s fine, too).

A circle chat to introduce the project and the teachers.  Everyone will say their name and something about themselves around the circle and then we shall play LOTS of ice breaker games!  Most children come on their own, so this is a great way for everyone to get to know each other and relax.  Once the children are settled, happy and have had a break, we shall warm up our voices and sing through some of the songs together so that we can identify which songs will need the most work!  After that, we shall start the auditions for the main parts so that we can cast the show.  We might even be able to start the opening number before the end of the day!

Tuesday to Thursday:
Every day starts and ends with a game at StageAbility, and these games and activities teach the children theatre skills which they can use on stage.

We shall work through the script, work through the songs and start making some of the props that will be needed in the show.

At the end of each day, the cast will be told what we shall be working on tomorrow, so that they can come prepared.

By Friday, we should have everything in place and it will just be a case of running through the show to polish it up, ready for the theatre performance!

I love the Summer Drama Camp performances!  Everyone gets so excited.  The cast will arrive at the theatre an hour before the show so that they can get familiar with the stage, backstage, wings, dressing rooms and so on.  We will run a few songs and practice the sound and lighting cues with our tech team and then wait for our friends and families to come in to the theatre to watch our incredible show.

StageAbility has been running Summer Drama Camps for over ten years.  If you are interested in joining us in 2021, please visit https://stageability.class4kids.co.uk/camps