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Diary of a West End Wildcat - Week 3

Part 3 of the West End Wildcats diary - 48 children from the local area are taking part in this once in a lifetime opportunity of performing at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London and the Stamford Mercury are supporting them through publishing the diaries of the children. The performance pieces are now chosen, Medleys from Annie, Wicked and Shrek. Wildcats would like to thank the many businesses who have sponsored us so far, including Ketton Cement, Beyond Analysis and Trinity Conferences, as well as thanking the Mercury for their continued support in publicising the children's efforts. As the show gets ever nearer the children become more and more excited about the big day!


This week we see Jessica Auciello, age 9 from Ryhall tell us all about the excitement of getting her hands on props for the Annie scene during the show:
 

Part 3 of the West End Wildcats diary - 48 children from the local area are taking part in this once in a lifetime opportunity of performing at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London and the Stamford Mercury are supporting them through publishing the diaries of the children. The performance pieces are now chosen, Medleys from Annie, Wicked and Shrek. Wildcats would like to thank the many businesses who have sponsored us so far, including Ketton Cement, Beyond Analysis and Trinity Conferences, as well as thanking the Mercury for their continued support in publicising the children's efforts. As the show gets ever nearer the children become more and more excited about the big day!

This week we see Jessica Auciello, age 9 from Ryhall tell us all about the excitement of getting her hands on props for the Annie scene during the show:

We went to the first West End Wildcats rehearsal since the Christmas break on Sunday 9th January, it was good to be back training with the West End Wildcats, and I’d missed my lovely Wildcat friends. I’d been to see Wicked live at the West End Apollo theatre over the Christmas break, and Louise Dearman, the actress who played Glinda was AMAAAZING and she might be one of the shows judges , so I’ve been practising hard because I’m singing Glinda`s song “Popular” on my own on the west end. HOW COOL!!!!!!!!

We started with a warm up because we had five hours of training. Then we moved on to learning our moves and grooves for “It`s a hard knock life” from Annie. Caz and Kelly-Ann, the Wildcat`s teachers gave us all the props like mops, buckets, dusters and brushes which were just wooden sticks. We had great fun banging the buckets on the floor.

We then did the Wicked medley, so I got to sing my song “Popular”, the others were split into groups, they were university pupils for Popular and flying monkeys for Annabelle Otterburns, Defying Gravity. (She has a fantastic voice, it makes my mummy’s hairs stand up on end.) My sister, Rimini, is a flying monkey, me and my mummy think it is right because she is cheeky monkey already.

Then we did a complete version of our Annie medley before we had a break for lunch, I was very pleased as I was starving. It had been a hard week for me because my mummy had been in hospital, so she could not to come to the Wildcat rehearsal with me and Rimini, so we missed her. Caitlin was very generous and gave us some cake, it was scrumdiddlyumptious.

Then after lunch some of us tried our costumes on, my Gingerbread man outfit has not come yet, and my Nanny is still making my “Popular” dress. The others literally looked wicked!!! Then we practised our Annie medley one more time before the parents came for a meeting - booooooooooooring. At least we got to show our Annie medley to the parents.

I think I am very lucky that I am able to sing on a West End stage and would like to thank Caz Dolby & Kelly-Ann Soper for making my dream real. I still cannot believe that I get to sing on a West End stage at the age of nine. It`s WICKED.