#WorldTheatreDay Pt. 5 Kate Noviss

Kate Noviss (Marketing Manager)

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As a child the minute we  convinced my dad that we didn’t want to see panto at Christmas but preferred visiting London’s West End was the same time I realised the magic of escaping into the bright lights of a story brought to life on stage.

From Chess, Me and My Girl, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and 42nd Street at one point there wasn’t a musical on in London I hadn’t dragged my family to see.

Once I moved out of the family home rather disappointingly the cost of theatre tickets rested with me! Now whilst there are a number of shows on in London at any given time that I haven’t seen these days I indulge my love of theatre in a different way.

After having my own children and feeling like I needed something for myself (and as the realisation that I wasn’t an undiscovered Ruthie Henshall finally sunk in) I took a magical first brave step into a local amateur dramatics group.

Crazy For You (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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Having never had any sort of training it was certainly a baptism of fire! Auditions were jaw clenchingly terrifying as a newbie and I’ve learnt an entire new language. Never more embarassed than not knowing the call ‘Act One Beginners’ actually means ‘if you are meant to be onstage as the curtain opens get yourself to the stage now!’

Crazy For You (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I’ve met a whole new group of people whilst treading the boards – ever patient every time I say ‘what’s position 2 again?’;  challenged myself like never before (tap dancing in formation when I didn’t know my wings from my paddle steps… to be honest still not sure that I do!) and felt the supreme magic of a spot light on your face and just realised a secret ambition to be mic’d up for a show!! (to me this is as close to ‘fame’ as I will ever get!).

Chess (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I’ve shared the drama of props in the wrong place on the stage, missed cues followed by some ad lib, the joy of finalling nailing waltzing in a circle, principle cast members with their backs to an audience intent on making you laugh, costume fails and people falling off the stage into the orchestra pit.

The Wizard of Oz (EBOS – East Berkshire Operatic Society)

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I still love going to see a show but I now almost prefer being in one!

(Photos all courtesy of My World My Eyes)

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