SHORTAGE OF CHILDREN!
SCHOOLS look set to clamp down on allowing pupils to perform in theatre shows.
That’s the warning from top children’s casting director Jo Hawes. She says she is already seeing signs that schools won’t let children miss classes to be in shows, because they have missed so much already due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jo, who has cast children in shows such as Les Misérables and Mary Poppins, told
The Stage magazine that a child had already told her they couldn’t do a show next year, as their school said they had to catch up on missed lesson time.
Jo said: “I suppose from a head teacher’s point of view they have missed a whole term and they want them to be in school all the time, but that doesn’t take into account how the kids might feel about it.” Jo wants schools to “think about the whole child”.
To help keep the passion for theatre alive in young people, Jo is launching Showstop, a new weekend drama school for young people, where show professionals will run masterclasses with children.
Zaris-Angel Hator, who played the role of Matilda in the West End production