Friday, 3 April 2020

COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

What the actual heck is going on? It's so surreal and I just keep thinking I'm going to wake up from this bad dream.

My sister lives in Hong Kong so I was hearing about how it was all unfolding over there but I never ever expected it to escalate like it has over here. The worst part of it was seeing all the empty shelves in the supermarkets and watching the panic unfold, thankfully I think it's calmed down a bit now but I'm still unable to buy flour to use Luke's Christmas present and make bread. Never will I take it for granted again! It's scary times and worrying for everyone.

I was devastated when I first had to temporarily close down my business but after getting my head round it I'm much more positive. I know when all this is over, classes will be full and all the cancelled parties will be rebooked.

Everyone has been affected one way or another, Luke had a school trip to France cancelled, he was due to go last Friday so we planned a 'French' day and had croissants, pain au chocolat and hot chocolate! We have also had a couple of theatre shows cancelled too, it's so sad for everyone involved. Luke will turn 13 at end of April, we had a party planned at the Virtual Gaming place in Stoke but this has been postponed now too.

I am now actually quite enjoying lockdown, I've been busy clearing out cupboards and drawers and have taken up crafts again. I love sewing and after 2 weeks have still not got that set up but did get my wool and knitting needles out of the loft to start a project for Leighton hospital.

I have also jumped on the 'ZOOM' bandwagon and have been running online Zumba classes for 2 weeks. I also did my first Baby Sign/Toddler Dance session this week. It was so lovely to see all the children and hear them shouting my name. It made me a bit emotional and hope they don't forget me!

Can't wait to see everyone again!

Take care of you and your little ones and stay safe!

Love Sharon


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

020 DANCE FESTIVAL : The Roaring 20's



Last night I was invited to the annual 'O' Dance Festival at the Regent Theatre, Stoke. The theme was the Roaring 20's and dance companies from all over Cheshire, Staffordshire and the Mid-West took to the stage with their themed dances to celebrate the 1920's era. They celebrated Charlie Chaplin, Suffragettes and even Winnie the Pooh as well and dance styles included Jazz, Charleston and Jive.

The audience was buzzing with excited family members and for some would have been their first time on a big stage. It was a fantastic evening seeing all the brave and talented children of all ages, the choreography and costumes were stunning and you there was so much hard work put in by all.

The show is on until Saturday 1st February, its fantastic to see so many local dance schools showcasing their talents.

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/020-dance-the-roaring-20s/regent-theatre/

Friday, 13 December 2019

SLEEPING BEAUTY - THE PANTOMIME OF YOUR DREAMS


It only starts to feel like Christmas when I see the panto at The Regent Theatre, Stoke, the atmosphere is always buzzing for opening night and you can feel the excitement from both children and adults.

This year's performance is Sleeping Beauty, Luke and I had to google the storyline before we came, and although the original isn't set at Stokey Palace in Stoke-On-Trent, there are still elements of the authentic fairytale.

Local Stokey, Jonathan Wilkes plays Muddles, who is in love with Princess Beauty, his mother, the Royal Nanny is played by Christian Patterson and another regular Kai Owen is King Cyril of Stokey. The comedy timing between the three of them is hilarious. I have never laughed so much during the first half of a panto before, so many clever jokes for all generations and lots of innuendos. Naomi Slights is Princess Beauty and entertained us with her beautiful singing, the Wicked Fairy, Carobosse was played by Vivien Parry, she was a believable baddy who also belted out some well-known songs. Delme Thomas was The Spirit of Stoke who was the king of the one-liners and dazzled us with his sparkly costumes.

As Luke is now getting older, he is beginning to understand the more 'adult' jokes but also finds the slapstick humour hilarious. We love our family outing to the Panto and even hubby got up and partook in the audience singalong!

If you are able to treat your family to the panto this year make sure you see this, you won't be disappointed!

https://www.atgtickets.com/times/sleeping-beauty/regent-theatre/2019-12-14



Thursday, 26 September 2019

MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL

 Production shot




If you and your children are fans of the Madagascar Movies you need to get to the Regent Theatre in Stoke this week to see Madagascar The Musical.

Our favourite characters, Alex the Lion (Matt Terry), Marty the Zebra (Posi Morakinyo), Melman the Giraffe (Connor Dyer), Gloria the Hippo (Hannah Victoria) escape Central Park zoo and find themselves in the Wild where they meet King Julien (Kieran Mortell). The production stayed true to the movie and the bond between the friends was endearing.

For us, King Julien stole the show in the second half singing the iconic 'I Like to Move It, Move It', the whole audience was in stitches laughing and it resonated round the theatre. 

The costumes and puppetry was fantastic, especially the famous Penguins of Madagascar. The songs and dancing was entertaining, Matt Terry's voice was amazing! Depending where you sit in the audience the scenery could cause a bit of obstruction so if you haven't bought tickets already choose central seats.

To book tickets for a great family show go to https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE!


As Luke is getting older (he turned 12 this year) I am getting more nostalgic about his early years. One of his favourite programmes as a toddler was 'In the Night Garden' so when I saw the Live Show was coming to Stoke on its first ever theatre tour I couldn't resist in taking my 3 year old Godson.

The theatre was buzzing with families with babies up to pre-schoolers, there was lots of excitement waiting for Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy and friends. It stayed true to the original tv programme format with the well-known songs and life-size characters and puppets. It was magical to see everyone waving and singing along (me included!)

It was fantastic to see it all all come to life and there were a few little surprises for anyone who is still to go and see it! I'm sure Zak enjoyed it, I know I certainly did!

If you have toddlers who love the show, I highly recommend going. It's on tomorrow at 10am and 1pm Regent Theatre





Thursday, 23 May 2019

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL


From the moment we sat down we were dancing in our seats from beginning to end, I didn't even want it to stop for the interval.

I have always loved Motown music and have been lucky enough to have seen the Temptations, The Four Tops and The Drifters so I just knew this West End musical was going to hit all the right buttons.

It tells the story of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records. We learn how he broke barriers, his personal relationships and how he launched the careers of legendary artists such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinsons and the Miracles and many more. There are of course also the lows as well as the highs. It features over 50 hits including My Girl, What's Going on, Dancing in the Street and Reet Petite.

The colourful and fast moving scenery took us back to the 60's and 70's. The very talented and energetic cast were incredible especially Cordell Mosteller who played Berry Gordy and Karis Anderson as Diana Ross. Carlo Brathwaite stole the show for me though as the young Michael Jackson, his stage presence, singing and dancing were all amazing. There were gasps from the audience when he came on.

It's so fantastic to have shows touring to our beautiful Regent Theatre in Stoke so book your tickets to see Motown The Musical before the end of the week!
https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/motown-the-musical/regent-theatre/


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

FAME


Growing up in the 80's and attending regular dance classes, I was a big fan of the TV show 'Fame' which followed the lives of students at a Performing Arts School in New York. The Musical version was all-singing, all-dancing but with the highs and lows of the issues young people suffer today:- prejudice, identity, pride, sexuality, substance abuse and pride.

It wasn't a great start to opening night due to an electrical fault but it was soon resolved and we were back in the 80's donning our leg warmers.

It was colourful and enthralling when the big dance scenes kicked in, there was so much energy on the stage. Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks & Dancing On Ice) showed off her impressive dancing, her connection with Jamal Crawford was sensual. Mica Paris played Principal, Miss Sherman, her voice was strong and powerful and gave me goosebumps.

There were many side stories and we got to know all the characters and their issues. The final song 'FAME' performed by Stephanie Rojas was amazing, the whole audience was up on their feet.

It's on until Saturday 20th April go to the link to book your tickets!
https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/