The Spellbound Team
— Hanna —
Originally from Wales, Hanna trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, after gaining a BA honours degree in English and Drama from Queen Mary University of London. Since starting her career as part of the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre, she has gone on to perform in numerous productions Off-Broadway and throughout the UK with her most notable roles being Maria in ‘West Side Story’ at the Bridewell Theatre, London and Queen Elizabeth I “Queenie” in an open-air production of Blackadder.
Under the instruction of some of the industry’s best teachers, Hanna gained a distinction in a Musical Theatre diploma from Trinity College London and has also gained qualifications in classical singing and piano.
Hanna has a vast amount of experience in workshops and producing new theatre works and comedy sitcoms, performing as lead roles for original casts in venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and in the pilot episodes for numerous television series. Her versatility, comic timing, vocal and acting range has allowed her to perform in many roles on stage and screen and make her the perfect character party entertainer.
Her passion for travelling and performing also took Hanna to the seven seas where she performed on Princess Cruise Lines and Viking Ocean Cruises.
Hanna enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher, covering a variety of disciplines including drama, singing and dance at numerous stage schools throughout London, Surrey and Kent, as well as coaching children through LAMDA examinations and singing exams. Hanna’s previous role as Princess Fiona at Shrek’s Adventures London gives her the perfect party host experience and she is extremely excited to be revisiting her Princess days, whilst spending her weekends dressing up and having fun with the birthday boys and girls of Spellbound. She looks forward to meeting all the cheeky partygoers!
— Alexandra —
We are proud to introduce you to Alexandra, our beautiful Belle lookalike and fabulous children’s entertainer. Alexandra is a professional dancer, actress and musical theatre performer who trained at The Centre-Performing Arts College, graduating in 2012.
Alexandra’s professional credits include Ensemble and Understudy for Princess Jasmine in ‘Aladdin’ (New Wimbledon Theatre) and Ensemble and Understudy for Tiger Lily in ‘Peter Pan’ (Churchill Theatre, Bromley). As a dancer, Alexandra has performed in ‘The Classical Spectacular’ and ‘The Dance Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall and on board the cruise ship ‘Costa Magica’ in their shows ‘Cinemagique’, ‘Radio’ and ‘Magic Moments.’ Her dancing talents have also graced the small screen in Sky TV’s ‘The Proposals.’
Alexandra is also an accomplished dance teacher and has taught Baby Ballet, Tap, Modern and Ballet, since she was 13 years old. She has experience teaching dance to children between the ages of 2-18. Alexandra currently teaches her own classes which includes a Ballet class at the Laura Bruce Dance Academy in Beckenham. Her ballet students recently performed at the very prestigious ‘Fayre of St James’ in London at a Charity event alongside Olly Murs and Paul Potts, sponsored by Cheryl.
Alexandra is extremely excited to be part of the Spellbound team as she was born to be, not only a Princess, but also a fairy, pirate, elf, monkey, superhero or anything else you can think of!
— Natalie —
Natalie began her training in Musical Theatre at the BRIT school and went on to study straight acting at Italia Conti.Since graduating she has appeared in various stage productions and tours. Her roles include; Alison in the stage production of ‘The Breakfast Club’ at the Brighton Fringe, Farmer Bunce in the Open Air Tour of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ with Illyria, Viola in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Benjamin Bunny in ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit’, ‘Snowy’ in ‘The Christmas Adventure of Snowy the Fox’ (Brook Theatre), ‘Aunty Becky Biggles’ in ‘Reginald Rabbit Rescues Christmas’ (Brook Theatre) Actor Musician performer in ‘A Bite of David Copperfield’ for the Dickens Festival in Rochester and ‘Bunsen’ in the Doc Yard Summer show at Chatham Dockyard all with Play on Words Theatre Company and various Christmas pantomimes with Boo Productions.
She also helped write and create (and performed as an actor musician in the role of ‘Ima’) in the children’s show ‘Up in the Attic’ with Floods of Ink. One of her favourite roles to date was as the baddie Stink (who also happens to be a mushroom) in the CBeebies/Fremantle no 1 tour of ‘Tree Fu Tom Live’.Natalie has also made various TV appearances including ‘Emmerdale’ and appeared in commercials for EBay, Christy’s and Calorgas.As a dancer, Natalie is a member of the Brighton based dance/physical theatre troupe Copperdollar and has helped choreograph and performed at various large scale events.
Aside from her performing, Natalie has worked extensively devising and facilitating workshops for children of all ages, whether they be curriculum based, purely drama skill based, or even living history. She has entertained children at birthday parties and costumed events for many years and also regularly teaches at a drama club for children aged 3-12. Natalie is also a fully trained Zumba instructor!
Natalie is delighted to be a part of the Spellbound team. She loves working with children and enjoys any excuse to dress up, be silly and become a character.
— Ellen —
Ellen, our friendly, smiley, bubbly entertainer, hailing from Essex, is a professional singer and dancer who has performed on the stage from a very young age. She trained in Musical Theatre at the University of Chichester and then went on to study Performing Arts at The Associated Studios in London.Ellen’s professional credits include the prestigious Disneyland Paris where she was a dancer in the famous parades. She was also involved in a special event for Disneyland Paris where she took one of the principal parts as Daisy Duck.
Ellen spent a year with Warner Leisure Hotels as lead vocalist, taking part in various musical performances including the lead role in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Ellen is also part of ‘The Lipsticks’, a Vintage singing trio who tour the UK at various gigs and festivals.
Ellen regularly sings and performs as a fairy with a children’s charity, which visits London Hospitals to entertain children who are poorly, to brighten their difficult days in hospital. Ellen has found this to be an extremely rewarding experience and loves to bring smiles and joy to the children.Ellen has taught Dance and Musical Theatre to children for many years and thoroughly enjoys working with, and teaching, children.
Ellen has a lot of experience entertaining at children’s parties and, we think you’ll agree, makes a wonderful princess! Ellen loves all things sparkly and glittery too! The Unicorn party, Fairy party, Princess party and Magical Creatures party are her favourites! Ellen is very excited to be part of the Spellbound team!
— Kate —
Kate, our fabulous children’s entertainer and assistant drama teacher, adores singing, acting and performing in all genres of theatre. Kate has a passion for working with children, both as a teaching assistant for The Ravensbourne School’s drama department in Bromley, and as a children’s entertainer with Spellbound Parties. The power of drama to transform a child’s life and develop their creativity is a key motivator for Kate.
Kate achieved 4 A* certificates in A-Level including Performing Arts (acting) and Music Technology. Her roles include ‘Sandy’ in the school production of ‘Grease,’ Greta in Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis,’ ‘Helena’ in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Ophelia’ in ‘Hamlet’ and Annie in ’The Gut Girls.’ Kate has also been a part of The Ravensbourne Youth Theatre for many years.Kate has been a teaching assistant for three years within the E21C Trust where she is given opportunities to plan and teach her own lessons in both primary and secondary schools.
Kate has been offered an unconditional place to study Drama at the University of Greenwich.Kate’s favourite party theme is the Princess party and her favourite part of a party is being silly and seeing the happy, smiling faces of all of the children and helping them to have the best possible time….and the parents too!
— Lucy-Jane —
We are very lucky to present to you, Lucy-Jane, one of our fabulous Spellbound entertainers (and we think Lucy-Jane is really Sleeping Beauty in disguise!!) Lucy trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated with a BA Honours degree in Musical Theatre.
Her first role upon graduating was the title role in ‘Cinderella’ at the Key Theatre in Peterborough, where she returned two years later as Maria in ‘West Side Story’ and Alice Fitzwarren in ‘Dick Whittington’. Lucy-Jane also reprised the role of Alice Fitzwarren at Harrogate theatre the following year.Lucy-Jane went on to appear in many independent films including the comedy, “Where Do We Go From Here?” and she has also worked extensively in the Voiceover commercial world, singing for the video game ‘Guitar Hero’ and supplying the Voice for the role of Kitty in the International Tour of ‘Hello Kitty – Fashion and Friends’.
Further pantomime credits include Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (Cresset Theatre) and Isobel in A Christmas Carol (Litchfield Garrick). Lucy-Jane has a range of experience in directing and working with children and loves watching their confidence develop in the land of make believe and still admits to being a big kid herself! She is thrilled to be a part of the Spellbound Team.
— Hollie —
We are thrilled to introduce you to our delightful children’s entertainer, Hollie. Hollie is our bubbly, friendly, bundle of energy and is obsessed with everything ‘princessey’ so this is the perfect job for her!Hollie is a professional singer, dancer and actress and has excelled in the Arts since she was a child.
As a prominent performer at school, Hollie won the lead role of Sandy in the annual production of Grease as well as performances in ‘Urinetown’ and ‘Guys & Dolls’ whilst at college.
As a dancer, Hollie’s professional credits include ITV’s ‘Surprise Surprise’ and Ant and Dec’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway.’ Hollie has completed her training at one of the most recognised musical theatre schools in the country, Bird College of Dance, where she gained a diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and Dance. Hollie completed her professional debut by performing in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Newport Riverside Theatre in Wales.
With 4 years experience teaching Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Chislehurst associate school, Hollie has found a passion working with, and entertaining, children. Whilst at Italia Conti, Hollie taught children between the ages of 3-18 a mixture of dance, singing and musical theatre.Hollie has been entertaining children for a number of years as a princess, superhero and fairy and is now delighted to be a member of the Spellbound team! She looks forward to meeting you at your party and playing lots of games, doing lots of dancing and singing, and ensuring you have as much fun at the party as she always does!
— Anna —
We are very excited to introduce to you, Anna, our very own ice princess! Anna’s passion for acting first started as a child, through a love of dressing up and playing make believe, which makes her the perfect person for the job of a children’s entertainer! Anna is now a professional actress, having acquired her Equity card through her training at The Oxford School of Drama, where she graduated with Distinction in 2011. Anna continues her acting training with the renowned Salon: Collective where she studies the Meisner Acting technique under the tutorage of Dominic Kelly.
Anna’s first professional acting job was voicing ‘Emily’ for the Doctor Who audio book ‘The Companion Chronicles’. Since then she has played ‘Helena’ in ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘Abigail’ in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, ‘Oswald’ in ‘King Lear’ at The Cockpit Theatre in London with the Darker Purpose theatre company, and ‘Valentine’ in ‘Two Gentlemen in Verona’. Anna has appeared in numerous short films including ‘Petal Child’ as the character Avery, directed by Glass Spire Productions, the title role of ‘Martha’ in a film by White Point Star Productions, directed by Grant Webb and as Mae Brooks in the film ‘After The Bell’ by Rebel Pictures. You can also see Anna in the Music Video ‘Hen’ by ‘The Nothing.’
When Anna is not performing on stage she teaches Drama to young children and coaches them for their LAMDA examinations. Spellbound are delighted to have this talented, sparkly and brilliant lady as one of our entertainers and Anna is thrilled to be a children’s entertainer with Spellbound Parties.
— Ellie —
Ellie trained at The Urdang Academy on a three-year Musical Theatre and Professional Dance course, graduating in 2015 with a B.A.(Hons) Degree. Her professional credits include: ‘Player’ in ‘Pippin The Musical’ at the Southwark Playhouse and also at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. ‘Dance Captain/Cover Fairy Godmother’ in ‘Cinderella’ at the Lighthouse Theatre Poole, ‘Mowgli’ and ‘Kaa’ in Image Musical Theatre’s touring Pantomime of ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Jill’ in Pyramid Production Ltd’s touring pantomime of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, H&M’s 2015 Television Christmas Campaign as a dancer, the Oxfam’s ‘Gaza Blockade Advert’ as a model/actress and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ Television Launch Show in 2013, as a featured dancer.
Ellie has recently completed the UK National tour of Doctor Doolittle.Alongside her performing career, Ellie has continually worked as a musical theatre and street dance teacher across theatre schools and primary schools throughout London. Upon graduating from University, during her contract as ‘Mowgli’ in a production of ‘The Jungle Book’, the show toured to primary schools all over the UK and Ellie led workshops for the children, teaching them show songs and actions prior to the performance.
Ellie has always had a passion for performance and theatre. She has found her niche and confidence as a teacher and is excited for the opportunity to be onboard as a Spellbound Parties entertainer. She is thrilled that she can combine these two elements and create a magical experience for children.