The Spellbound Team
— Leah —
Leah is our brilliant, bubbly, fabulous children’s entertainer and teacher, based in South East London. Leah is a positive, hard working and thoughtful individual. She has been performing since a very young age and spent three years training in Musical Theatre at the Reynolds Training Academy in Dartford. Performing and working with children are her passions and she loves her work!
As a talented performer, Leah’s theatre credits include ‘The Genie Of The Ring’ & ‘dancer’ at The Greenwich Theatre, for a Christmas production of Aladdin as well as many other pantomime productions over the years. Also a very talented vocalist, Leah has performed as lead singer in various hotels contracts and cruises in, and around, Cyprus and Spain. She also portrayed ‘Baby’ in Dirty Dancing as well performing in Mamma Mia and Grease. A seasoned Musical theatre pro!
Leah is very much in demand as a solo vocalist too, hosting events at local venues, where she delights the crowds with her lyrical and powerful singing voice.
Leah’s work experience with children includes working as a party mascot, and party host, for various events companies. She works as as a teacher of drama and musical theatre during the week, and her vast experience also includes teaching children of all ages at private primary schools and independent theatre schools.
Leah loves working with children and is delighted to be a part of the fabulous 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 completed a Drama degree at the University of Brighton, and she will be studying for her PGCE next year.
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 will be gracing the Chipping Norton theatre stage this Christmas in ‘Puss in Boots’.
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.
— 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.
— Lucy W —
Lucy is a professional dancer, singer and actress, with a Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance from the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Since graduating, Lucy’s professional credits include Robin/Dance Captain in Godspell (Camden Fringe Festival – Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Dancer for BBC’s Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, Dancer for Chelsea Flower Show, Singer at Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival, Ivanka Trump in The People Vs Donald Trump (The London Theatre) and Jasmine in Aladdin (Chaplins Pantomimes) to name a few.
Lucy has also recently returned from her second tour of Italy, where she performed across the country and lead acting and performance workshops helping children learn English.
Lucy is an IDTA qualified teacher with years of experience and a real passion for working with children, and is thrilled to be a member the Spellbound team!
— Olivia —
Olivia has trained in Musical Theatre and Dance at Gillham School of Performing Arts and later at Emil Dale Academy, on their full time BTEC course. Olivia has just completed her training at The Urdang Academy in London. In her final show, she performed as Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde.’
Olivia has performed in lots of shows in theatres in Kent and London. Olivia’s performing theatre credits include: Audrey in ‘Little Shop of Horror’s at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’ and Vanessa in ‘In the Heights’ at the Factory Playhouse. Ensemble in ‘Pendragon’ with the National Youth Musical Theatre and she has also performed as Mary Lennox, in the UK tour of ‘The Secret Garden’ at The Kings Head Theatre (Islington), Tunbridge Wells, Croydon and St Albans. Other credits include Lucy in ‘The Goodbye Girl’ Upstairs at The Gatehouse and ‘Mermen’s Apprentice’ at the Landor Theatre, both in London.
Olivia’s work as a dancer has led her to be a part of the cast of the Ballet, Giselle, which she performed at The Churchill theatre, Bromley, with the English Youth Ballet.
Olivia has performed in the Voice In a Million concert at Wembley Arena and has sung on The Secret of Joy Soundtrack, and several Nursery Rhyme CDs. Olivia has worked at Emil Dale’s Weekend School in which she has gained lots of experience working with children of all ages as a Musical Theatre teaching assistant.
Olivia adores every aspect of performing and loves being a part of the fantastic Spellbound team.
— Ella Rose —
Ella has a lively, energetic, and bubbly personality and she loves all things princesses, fairies and unicorns!
Ella granulated from the prestigious Bird College, where she studied Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Ella is a natural born performer and has been on stage since a very young age. She has won numerous awards at National level and played a variety of different characters. Her performance experience includes ‘The Dance Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘Fifteen years of All England dance festivals’, numerous Pantomimes alongside stars such as Julian Clary and Craig Revel Horwood, and dancing to break a Guinness World Record (Universal) with the film of release of ‘Mamma Mia Here We Go Again’.
Ella has experience working with children aged 2-12 both at a Performing Arts school and at a children’s holiday club and she is very excited to be working with Spellbound parties and can’t wait to play lots of games and have so much fun at your party!
— Hannah —
Hannah is a performer originally from Hertfordshire. She is currently training at The Rose Bruford Drama School, where she studies American Theatre Arts. Her background is very musical, as she has sung from a very young age, performing in award winning Youth Choir ‘Cantate’, and also being lucky enough to perform on the West End’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She then continued to nurture her love of singing, but added acting and dancing into the mix when she went on to train in Musical Theatre at the Emil Dale Academy, where she was lucky enough to play Camila in their production of ‘In The Heights’, as well perform in Legally Blonde at the Factory Playhouse Theatre.
After graduating, she then studied a foundation in acting at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learnt the fundamentals of being an actor, and got the unique challenge of playing Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, before then coming to Rose Bruford to complete her degree.
In her first year at Rose Bruford she was able to perform in iconic plays such as ‘A View From The Bridge’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Hannah is thrilled to be a member of the Spellbound team and be performing for the most honest critics- kids! She believes the power of learning through theatre and play is unlike anything else, and would love to be able to inspire the next generation of budding performers!
— Catherine —
Catherine is an actress based in West London having studied Musical Theatre at ‘The American Musical Theatre Academy’, followed by a Masters Degree in Acting at ‘ArtsEd’. Her most recent acting credit was playing ‘Mrs Crumb’ in Heartbreak Production’s adaptation of the fantastic David Walliams book ‘Mr Stink’ which toured open air venues across the UK and Ireland. Another credit this term, is ‘Wind in the Willows’ with the Hobgoblin Theatre Company, touring primary schools throughout the country.
A couple of other previous acting roles include ‘Cinderella’ in ‘Cinderella’ which toured theatres and hotels in the North West and ‘Gracie’ in ‘Musical Wonderland’ which visited care homes across the UKHer experience with children and running children’s parties includes working as a Party Host for David Lloyd Leisure, entertaining families in the Christmas Grotto at Harrods department store (with the real Father Christmas!) which was very magical and working in the Children’s club at Chewton Glen Hotel.
Catherine is also a teacher having taught drama and singing both privately and through various theatre schools for many years as well as now working as a teaching assistant in schools. Catherine has guided lots of students through their LCM Music Theatre exams and is extremely proud of the fantastic results they have achieved. One of Catherine’s favourite teaching experiences was teaching English and Drama in an Italian summer camp near Verona.
— Eloise —
Eloise is currently studying American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College, and studied for a foundation course at East 15 Acting School. Through her training she’s been able to learn how to perform in a variety of styles, genres and performance spaces, making her a versatile performer.
Previously she has taught children age 5 and upwards acting at Italia Conti Stage School, where she found a passion for working with children and their incredible imaginations! Through the Italia Conti Acting Company Eloise co-wrote, produced and performed original script ‘Fireball’.
Professionally Eloise has performed as an extra in ‘The Horrid Henry Movie’ and ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’.
Eloise absolutely loves entertaining children at their parties and can’t wait to see you all for lots of fun and games.
— Ashleigh —
Ashleigh, our real life princess, has been a dancer and performer all of her life. She started her professional dance training at Central School of Ballet in 2016 and finished with a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance in 2019.
Ashleigh has taken part in many pantomimes, including performances with The English Youth Ballet.
In her final year at The Central School of Ballet, she was involved in the Ballet Central Tour which gave her the opportunity to perform different repertoire, taught by guest choreographers, in cities all around England. These included, ‘In-between’ created by Jasmin Vardimon, ‘House of Birds’ choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan and ‘Carousel’ choreographed by Christopher Marney.
After graduating, Ashleigh joined the Northern Ballets Professional Graduate Programme, performing along side the company as a market woman in two performances of Northern Ballets Cinderella.
Our multi-talented Ashleigh has worked as a fitness entertainer and dancer at various holiday resorts in Turkey. She taught fitness classes, games, sport activities and performed on stage. She was also given the role of ‘Fairy’ where she would dance and sprinkle glitter on the children’s hands! The perfect introduction to children’s parties and theatre.
Ashleigh is thrilled to be a part of the Spellbound team and is looking forward to meeting you all at your parties.