Kids' theatre in Dubai
Junior performers tell us about taking to the stage in Dubai
Jasmine Frith aged 12, began treading the boards at three, and has even starred in the West End musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What’s your current role?
I’ve been cast as Ensemble in Disney Camp Rock. Also, at school I am currently playing the mother and the evil step mother in Snow White, so I’m pretty busy with my performing.
What have you done before?
I’ve been performing in shows since I was three. I was Nala in The Lion King, Maid Marian in Robin Hood, The Pied Piper in The Pied Piper, Blood Sister in The Dracula Rock Show and Bob Cratchitt’s daughter in A Christmas Carol. I was a member of Bridgend Youth Theatre where I performed in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Guys and Dolls and Mary Twice. I then auditioned for the West End’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where I got to play alongside Aled Jones and Ian Watkins (H from Steps!).
It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed. My favourite things are drama and music. I also love to dance and I know I would like to do this forever.
Name your favourite theatrical moment to date
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End, without a doubt. The first night we performed and I got on the stage, there were so many people, I couldn’t believe my eyes. When they clapped and cheered, it was amazing.
Do you get nervous?
I do. I always think so many things are going to go wrong. But when I step out onto the stage and see the audience, I can’t help but smile and know everything is fine. No matter how nervous I feel, it just makes me more confident to know that the audience is always on my side.
If you could play one person from history who would it be?
I would love to play William Shakespeare. He has influenced so many people throughout the world, and I love his Shakespearean insults like, ‘blabbering dumbailey spotted old toad’!
Any embarrassing performing moments you can tell us about?
Yes! When I did Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I was smaller than most of the cast because I was the youngest. In one scene, we had to step through a hole in the screen. But when I tried to get through, I got stuck half way and fell on the floor! Luckily, the actors saw what happened and improvised. My other embarrassing moment was playing Maid Marian. Robin Hood was a year older than me in school, so you can imagine how lame he thought it was to have to hold hands and hug me. Ha ha! After the last show, he said ‘Finally! We’ll never have to do that again!’ But the following year we were cast together again.
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