Yourstage offers children’s drama classes for 3 to 16 year olds. As we look forward to our first ever Yourstage theatre trip in October to see the hit show ‘School of Rock’ we managed to get hold of one of the busy child cast members, Miami Holness, who plays Shonelle, to ask her some questions about what it’s like to perform in a West End production.
How long have you been performing for?
I have been performing since I was 2 1/2 years old, and that was in my first ballet show, a ballet performance at West London School of Dance. I can’t believe I am now in the West End with School of Rock the Musical. There are three groups of 13 kids and I just love it!
Had you done any other theatre shows before you got cast in School of Rock?
Yes, I have done a few shows for my local theatre, and all of them were great fun! I played a flower in Alice in Wonderland at Questors theatre with Chiswick Theatre Arts and a street dance show with Zoo Nation at Lyric theatre in Hammersmith.
How long does it take to get ready for the show?
We do a warm up before every performance, and then it takes around 30 minutes to do my hair, costume and my microphone – then I’m ready for the show!
Do you get nervous before a performance and if so how do you/ did you used to deal with nerves?
I sometimes get nervous if people I know are watching the show. But, it helps for me to take a few deep breaths and pray! Once I am on stage with my fellow cast members we all have great fun.
Do you have a pre-show routine?
Yes! I pull funny faces in the mirror to make myself laugh! I usually say hi to the adult cast and we kids swap stories too. I get to the theatre about an hour before we start which gives us all plenty of time.
What’s your favourite number, dance piece or routine and why?
I love Stick It To The Man! It’s so energetic and always fun to do on the night. Audiences seem to love it in particular, it’s a new song especially for the show by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Do you all do a warm up together?
Yes, we do! And it’s a great way to all get focused and prepare for the show ahead.
Sounds like a very exciting life doesn’t it? Thanks so much Miami for sharing some of your experience of performing in a huge hit West End show with us! We are so excited about our trip to see School of Rock on Thursday 19th October. Our Saturday drama classes autumn term begins on Saturday 16th September. For more details on times etc see our Courses page or fill out the Enquiry Form if you have any questions.