Cats fever has officially taken over the city, as the record-breaking theatre phenomenon hits Dubai Opera this month – and we’ve found one performing arts academy poised to turn your musical-obsessed child’s next birthday into an all-singing, all-dancing affair.
Hayley’s Comet offers tailor-made party sessions ranging from one to two hours, depending on the age of the child. Younger children learn a fun song or routine and older kids learn a scene or a series of songs from a favourite production, to perform to their families at the end.
The theatre company comes to your home, which is perfect if logistics are an issue. So, be sure to have some outdoor space or a room you can clear for creative action!
The pressure to wrap up and clear out of a party venue is off, so make the most of being in your own space. If it’s a smaller party and parents are staying to socialise, why not fire up the barbecue, ready for when the kids have wowed you with their mini-show, or have pizzas delivered?
Prices vary depending on the length of the party, but packages start at Dhs800 per hour and this includes a professional musical theatre and dance instructor who will bring backing tracks, music, printed lyrics and have choreography planned, plus a little script from the preferred musical prepared. There’s no limit to the number of party guests, but they would provide more instructors (at an additional charge) for more than 20 children.
Give Hayley’s Comet a choice of two or three musicals that your child loves beforehand so they can advise which would work best for the age group. And don’t forget to add a themed dress code to the party invitations, so everyone knows to come in character and be ready to go!
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James & Alex Dance Studios, 813 & 814 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.hayleyscomet.com (04 447 0773).