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LCB2: Sofia's yellow measels

Posted on Monday 2nd June, 2014
One more rehearsal before the Summer cast of LCB2 sets off on tour this weekend.  We will have spent five days rehearsing a 30 minute production of Nanny McPhee to perform in care homes and special needs schools across London and the South East. I am back in the Dance Attic where I auditioned nine months ago along with hundreds of children.  Now there are only 12.  Such a small group is really fun because you get to know everyone quite well, including the older children who I might not have muc…

Tameera: Finding my place

Posted on Monday 2nd June, 2014
Hi I'm Tameera and I'm 14 years old. I started dancing at the age of 3 not knowing it would be a loved passion for me now. I've been in Rumpelstiltskin with LCB in 2011 and auditioned the next 2 years. At a young age I had to stop auditioning for West End shows such as Billy Elliot and Matilda because I was the height of a teenager. Unfortunately I was much taller than the components my age. I wasn't aware that my height would be an issue. I started to get frustrated and upset that my size was …

Ruby: A puppy's perspective part 2

Posted on Monday 2nd June, 2014
I’m back! I promised to tell you all about the performances but first the dress rehearsals.  The dress rehearsals…… On Tuesday morning, I got up much earlier than I do when I’m going to school! But it didn’t bother me, I was so excited about going to the Peacock theatre. As my mum was a chaperone for the week, we arrived at the theatre at 9:30 am. We were shown to our dressing rooms – I was sharing dressing number 7 with 12 other girls, including “Baby Agatha.” Action started at 10:30am – first…

LCB2 Tour: Adapting Nanny McPhee

Posted on Tuesday 27th May, 2014
Before dust could settle on a single Nanny McPhee costume, they were straight into the laundry and freshly pressed in preparation for our busy outreach season. Within days of the final curtain dropping at the Peacock Theatre, LCB2 Tour Director Victoria Collinson was sitting in front of a wide angle recording of the ballet, going over the music and choreography in order to work out how to compress 90 minutes of complex narrative ballet into a 30-minute abridged version suitable for LCB2’s audien…

LCB: Ballet for £1

Posted on Thursday 15th May, 2014
It would have proved quite a feat for Nanny McPhee to quieten the enthusiastic roars of laughter at LCB’s schools’ matinee, which took place on 24th April 2014. When the doors opened for the noon performance, almost 1000 children from 19 inner city primary schools flooded into the theatre and were captivated by the pranks and antics of the naughty Brown children from start to finish. For most, this was their first experience of ballet and for some, their first ever experience of live theatre. As…

Annabelle: Airborne not airbrushed

Posted on Thursday 15th May, 2014
First rehearsals were scheduled to start on 5th January – I couldn’t wait!!!  Then we got the schedule through, and I wasn’t down to dance that day – so I HAD to wait!!!  Over the Christmas break, I think I watched Nanny McPhee what felt like a hundred times. It is such a great film though!  I wonder if Emma Thompson will come and see our production? I would love it if she did!.....  Unfortunately I also caught a virus and grew about 2 inches all at the same time, which took its toll on my knee…

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