Studying to become a star
With the rise of the celebrity, it seems everybody wants to be famous. We caught up with 12 year old Isabel, who attends stage school in an attempt to make her Hollywood dreams a reality.
How old were you when you started Drama?
I was five when I started Drama. I went to a theatre school for fun every weekend and it was then that I was encouraged to start Drama more seriously.
When you started at stage school what were your first impressions?
Everyone was really friendly and got along with each other. I made friends really quickly. I did know quite a few people at the school before I started though, as I had been in shows with them before.
What is your schedule like during the week?
"The most exciting show I have been in was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
I leave home at 7.15am and I get back at 5pm every day. We fit in all our academic work (i.e. English, Maths etc.) on Monday through to Wednesday. Then on Thursday and Friday we do the vocational work (i.e. singing, dancing and drama) all day from 9am till 4pm.
How often do you have to practise singing, dancing, and voice exercises?
I practise singing every other day (I sing for fun anyway, so it doesn't seem like practice) and do acting at school for an hour twice a week.
Are there any disadvantages to going to stage school?
The only disadvantage I can think of is that we don't learn a foreign language.
Do you regularly do auditions for shows?
We do regular auditions at the school when directors come into school, or we write and take part in auditions at studios elsewhere.
What is the most high profile show you have acted in, and what was the best thing about being involved in it?
The most exciting show I have been in was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was great fun as the audience were mostly children and they really enjoyed it. The scenery was bright and colourful and they had wonderful mechanical props. I had three different costumes and I had to change really quickly. I had to wear a harness for a scene where I was lifted up into the air. It was especially difficult getting my harness on and off so there were two people to help me get changed into it.
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