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‘Tis the Season’ – Lighthouse Theatre

‘Tis the Season’ – Lighthouse Theatre

By Oliver Crawford

Hi I’m Ollie and I’m 8 years old. Whilst we were practising for our school show, Miss Hammond asked if I would like to dance with some of the other children to music played by the Wessex Youth Orchestra. I said Yes!

Lots of practice and many chocolate biscuits later we were ready.

On the day we rehearsed at the Academy in the morning, then we went to rehearse with the orchestra in the afternoon, the hall was big. It was quite hard as the music was a bit slower than the CD we had practised to.

In the evening Miss Hammond showed us our dressing rooms, one for the boys and one for the girls, the orchestra had left us chocolate and water too.

Our parents went round to get into the audience. We all got changed then miss Hammond did all our hair and make-up. When Iola came out to sing ‘ We’re Walking in the Air’ we came out for our first performance, there were lots of people looking at us. I was nervous and excited but enjoyed doing the Ballet. When we finished everyone clapped. We rushed off and got changed ready to dance Tchaikovsky ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ (which is very long!) Again i felt nervous but excited and glad that we all managed to remember what we were doing. When we had finished dancing we had to bow to the orchestra and thank them (Miss Hammond always tells us to do this to the music in class as it might be a real orchestra one day, and on this night it was.)

When we got back to the dressing rooms Miss Hammond got us to give the girls flowers and the girls gave us some chocolates. All our parents came backstage to collect us and said they were all very proud of us and that is was an amazing experience. I think it was amazing too!

Thank you Miss Hammond

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