Happo & the Happiness

Beatrice

Beatrice
I was born in a small city called Arad in Romania. There, I went to an Arts School and studied music for 12 years. After this, I moved to the UK and studied Acting at University for 3 years. My University was in an area called Kingston upon Thames, in West London. I love living in London! It is full of lovely and interesting peolpe. My favourite British food is fish & chips and my favourite Italian food is gramigna alla salsiccia. My favourite colour is green and my favourite book is Harry Potter.

Ceri

Ceri
Ceri was born in Weston super mare Somerset. Ceri Ann has 8 names Ceri-Ann Haf Lisa Rhys Tucker Munro Williams, she is 23 years old, born on June 13th so she is a Gemini. Her favourite sport is rugby and tap dancing and Her hobbies in include script writing and doing yoga.
Her favourite food is sushi. She has one brother and one sister and two nieces and one nephew. Her favourite city is Venice. She Body doubled for Woman Women in the recent wonder woman film and trained at the national youth theatre last year and graduated with a business degree at Cardiff university last year.
She has a bichon frieze dog called “Pepe”! Her favourite animal is a turtle and her favourite film is Moana. She looks forward to touring Italy and making sure “only love can truly save this world”.

Luke

Luke
Luke was born in London. He is 19 years old. He is a Gemini. His favourite sport is rugby and his favourite food is Pizza. His hobbies include beach volley, table tennis and painting. Luke trained as a Musical Theatre performer at Italia Conti Academy in London and graduated last Summer. He has 2 brothers and 1 sister. His sister is 17 and she is a dancer, his older brother is 21 years old and he is a financial advisor and his little brother is a PlayStation enthusiast. His favourite animal is a horse. His favourite movie is Harry Potter. He is very excited to see Italy and discover a new culture different from his own. See you soon, ciao.

Matthew

Matthew
Matthew was born in Manchester, England. He is 20 years old and currently lives in London. He attended Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy and graduated from the musical theatre course last July. His favourite sport is Rugby, as he comes from an area where a lot of England’s best players come from. Matthew’s favourite colour is blue, his favourite animal is also a dog. He has one dog back at home in Manchester and his name is Bertie, the breed of the dog is a cavapoo. Matthew has 2 older brothers, the eldest is called Adam and the other brother is called Luke. Luke is 24 and a banker, Adam is 28 and a scientist. Adam and his wife, Amy, are both scientists for cancer research. Matthew has been to Italy twice previously. The first time was to Rome (Roma) and the second time was to Venice (Venezia). His favourite food is Pizza! Matthew is looking forward to touring around Italy and meeting you all!!

Jamie Bond

Francesca

Francesca
My name is Francesca and I am 26 years old. I was born in a city called Norwich and I lived by the beach with my parents and my brother called Ben. I studied Acting and Stage Combat at East 15 Acting School. I now live in London with my friends. I love reading books, going to the beach with my friends, and watching films.

Maria

Maria
My name is Maria and I am 22 years old. I was born in staines and grew up in London. I live with my mum, dad, sister and brother. I have lots of chickens in my back garden and they make a lot of noise. I studied musical theatre at Millennium Performing Arts and graduated in 2017. I am a vegetarian who loves travelling, listening to music and dancing.

Nathaniel

Nathaniel
Hi, my name is Nathaniel, but my friends call me Naith. I am from the Wirral, which is near Liverpool. I live with my mum, dad and brother. We have one cat and one dog. I studied Maths at the University of Liverpool. In the play my characters are Auric, Lee, Andrew and Mr Pinkerton.

Tom

Tom
Hello! My name is Tom and I am an actor! I am 24 years old and my birthday is April the 8th, so I will be turning 25 soon! I studied at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. I live in London, love food and dogs, and watching TV (a bit like my character in the play). My favourite food is pasta, I can eat it all day long!

Happo & the Happiness / Jamie Bond

Henry

Henry
I started acting from an early age. It began when I learnt every word to the Lion King and to this day I still know every word. I would perform this to my family at parties. I took it more seriously when I went to Drama School and did the 3-years Acting course at Artes Ed. and graduated in 2016. I also love sports, football and cricket. My favourite football team is Manchester United. Coming to Italy is a dream of mine as I love the culture and food.

Joseph

Joseph
I was born in Blackpool, a town on the coast in North England. I moved to London in 2011 and studied German at the University. I then went to Drama School for one year. Last year, I acted in a play set in Venice, and wrote a play. I live in South London in a house with other friends. I also work in a bicycle shop. My favourite play is “Hamlte” by William Shakespeare. In my free time, I like to read books, go on bicycle, hang out with friends, and go to the theatre. There are a lots of theatres in London and my favourite one is called “Young Vic”. I can also speak fluent German and I like to go on holiday in Germany. I love drinking beer while eating my favourite food: pizza.

Lucy

Lucy
I was born in Englad. I have always loved to perform since I was very young. I like to act, sing and dance, but I also like to write and colour. I have one younger brother and we are very close. I have a pet dog called Spencer who is very playful and energetic. My favourite food is carbonara but I also love Mexican food. I love to read books, and my favourite author is Dan Brown. My favourite colour is bright blue. I have visited Italy lots of times and I think it is a very beautiful place.

Samantha

Samantha
My name is Sam. I am 23 years old. I have blonde hair and blue eyes. I live in London, and I love it! I have a little white dog, called Charlie, (he is so fluffy!) and I have three horses. The things I enjoy doing are running, dancing, skiing and having fun. My favourite place to visit is… Italy! I think the food is amazing and it’s very beautiful.

Dumas

Marion G

Marion G
Je m’appelle Marion. Je vis à Lyon. J’ai commencé par faire des études dans l’éducation avant de faire du théâtre. J’ai fait ensuite une école en trois ans. Maintenant, je joue principalement en France mais j’aime m’intéresser au théâtre dans les pays étrangers comme l’Allemangne, la Suisse et maintenant l’Italie. Dans la vie, j’aime beaucoup la culture (théâtre, danse, photographie) et la gastronomie. J’aime le voyage et être avec mes amis pour partager des moments.

Marion R

Marion R
Je m’appelle Marion. J’ai 25 ans ! Je vis à Paris depuis 6 ans. Et j’ai suivi une formation de théâtre à l´Ecole Claude Mathieu . L’année dernière nous avons créé un spectacle pour les jeunes enfants avec ma compagnie sur le thème de Paris . J’ai également participé au spectacle la Reine Margot d’Alexandre Dumas en France . Quand je ne joue pas j’aime aller au theatre , au cinéma , au musée . Je vais courir . J’aime également chanter . Je fais partie d’un groupe de chant à Paris depuis un an !

Mickael

Mickael
Je suis né à Paris,en France et j’y vis encore maintenant,j’aime beaucoup cette ville car il y a beaucoup de culture,musée,cinéma,exposition d’art. J’ai étudié l’art dramatique pendant 5 ans dans 2 écoles différentes,l’école Charles Dullin et le Conservatoire de Versailles. Depuis la fin de l’école,je joue dans des pièces de théâtre à aussi dans des petits films,publicité. Après avoir étudié,j’ai un peu voyagé aussi,je suis allé à Los Angeles,Londres,Amsterdam,Bruxelles et maintenant l’Italie!J’aime beaucoup voyager et découvrir de nouvelles cultures. A Paris,j’ai un chat qui s’appelle Bowie,comme le chanteur. Mon plat préféré est la glace! J’aime aussi beaucoup le football et regarder Netflix! Je lis beaucoup aussi surtout Harry Potter!

Hola

Alberto

Alberto
Hola soy Alberto tengo 25 años. He nacido en una pequeña ciudad del interior de españa llamada Soria. Me he formado como actor en la ciudad de Valladolid, trabajando de actor . En teatro he participado en muchas obras pero quiero destacar “Romeo y Julieta” en clown haciendo el personaje de romeo. También he interpretado el personaje de ryder en el musical “paw patrol”. También trabajo en televisión en la serie diaria “centro médico ” y soy la imagen publicitaria del Roll-on de bb cream de garniel. He grabado algunos videoclips como por ejemplo el de los italianos Benji y Fede con las españolas sweet california en la canción solo por una razón (tutto per una ragione) fue divertido trabajar con ellos. Vivo con mi perro, Pepe,en madrid en un ático situado en el centro de la ciudad , en El Barrio de malasaña, es un barrio muy bohemio donde viven muchos artistas. Y si visitáis madrid os recomiendo que valláis a este barrio, es una zona muy bonita con muchos murales en las paredes de la calle y con mucha vida, tiendas, bares y restaurantes con terrazas para disfrutar del buen tiempo. Soy el pequeño de dos hermanos, Desde pequeño siempre me gusto arte por eso también me formé en artes plásticas, me encanta pintar y crear decorados , también me gusta mucho el mundo de la moda y he trabajado para empresas como Zara. Además de actor soy bailarín y cantante también monto a caballo y hago Esgrima. Me encanta estar con mi amigos y conocer gente nueva. Salir ha hacer deporte, ir a conciertos y hacer surf o escapadas a la montaña.

Cristina

Cristina
Soy Cristina, nací y me crié en Almería, una ciudad de la costa de Andalucía. Tengo 25 años, cumpliré 26 en Septiembre. Soy la pequeña de dos hermanas, mi hermana se llama Raquel, tiene 28 años y es dentista al igual que mis padres (somos muy diferentes). Estudié interpretación en la escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Sevilla, viví allí durante cinco años. Adoro Sevilla y viajo allí siempre que puedo, para visitar a mis amigos y bailar en la feria. Cuando finalicé mis estudios me mudé a Madrid para trabajar como actriz, he participado en muchos proyectos infantiles, uno de ellos me dio la oportunidad de realizar una gira por Marruecos. También he participado en algunos musicales, he formado parte de diferentes compañías de teatro con las que actuaba en salas de Madrid, también he trabajado en algunos anuncios publicitarios, como el de la cerveza Heineken o la bebida Aquarius. También he trabajado en la serie española “Centro Médico”. Además he impartido clases como profesora de interpretación para adultos y teatro musical para niños pequeños. Me encanta el teatro gestual y la mímica, me apasiona la commedia dell’arte y el teatro de máscaras, y mi sueño sería trabajar en una compañía de teatro de pantomima. Vivo en un piso en el centro de Madrid, en el barrio de Lavapiés, y lo comparto con un chico que es peluquero y otra chica que es podóloga. Tengo un perrito llamado José Luis, y me encanta pasearlo por el parque del Retiro. Me entusiasman los animales, cantar, bailar flamenco y danza contemporánea, tocar el ukelele y divertirme con mis amigos. Adoro la playa y el mar, por eso mi color favorito es el azul.

Wendy

Wendy
Wendy Gara es una actriz española, su madre eligió este nombre porque le encantaba la película de “Peter Pan” y tiene una hermana más pequeña a la que ama con locura. Su hermana es filóloga inglesa, le gusta pintar y tocar la guitarra. Wendy vive actualmente en Madrid, capital de España. Madrid es una ciudad llena de vida. Ella vive en un piso en el centro de Madrid vive con un chico que también es actor. Ella, nació en Andalucía, en la provincia de Cádiz, en la ciudad de Algeciras. Algeciras, situada en el sur, es una ciudad muy bonita repleta de playas y su olor a sal marina la caracteriza. Wendy tiene ocho años y aunque es maestra y psicopedagoga, decidió formarse como actriz en la escuela superior de arte dramático de Málaga (España) y sus asignaturas favoritas eran “esgrima”, “expresión corporal” y “canto”. Wendy, tiene muchos hobbies: le gusta montar a caballo, viajar, patinar, plantar plantas y cuidarlas, cantar y tocar el ukelele. En su último viaje se marchó a la India y encontró allí un mundo mágico repleto de aventuras. El año pasado, compuso una canción llamada “Que brille el cielo”, y actualmente se encuentra disponible en algunas plataformas como “spotify”. Su último trabajo en televisión ha sido en la serie “Servir y proteger” donde actuó como “Doctora” y actualmente también la podemos ver en diferentes anuncios en antena como son “Just eat” o “Maphre” entre otros. Wendy también ha trabajado mucho en teatro, su última obra fue “Una rana en la luna”, dónde se enfrentó a un público diferente y exigente: niños y bebés. Wendy dice: “Está experiencia ha sido una de las mejores de mi vida pues adoro el teatro infantil”, también ha trabajado en “Microteatro” que es un nuevo formato de teatro, donde las obras destacan por ser muy cortitas. Wendy Gara tiene un sueño: seguir creando magia y teatro allá dónde vaya, ser feliz y vivir muchas más aventuras.

Smile & Drama

Cherylanne
Hello my name is Cherylanne and I am a Musical Theatre Actress from Nottingham! I currently live with my parents and my 18 year old dog. My home is very close to Sherwood Forest and I have grown up listening to the tales of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Whilst at home I enjoy fishing and spending time with my family. Since starting drama at school when I was very young I have always aspired to become a professional actress. I enjoyed the freedom and creativity of Performing Arts and found doing drama an effective way to express myself, make friends and be creative. Performing also made me more confident and this has helped me in all aspects of my life, especially with presentations, job interviews and auditions. I began my professional training in Drama at Nottingham Trent University from which I received a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts. During my course I performed in many shows such as Titus Andronicus and gained experience in other performance types whilst working for such companies as the NHS and Sherwood Forest. For my last project at university we had to write a 10,000 word essay on a subject within the arts and present an argument. I wrote my dissertation about Shakespeare and the elitism surrounding his plays. Since then I have enjoyed focusing on how to make all drama accessible and easier to understand. In 2013 I joined a Musical Theatre Performing Arts College and studied for an ATCL and a BTEC, receiving the grade of triple distinction. Not only did I further improve on my acting skills but I also learnt how to sing and dance which I found challenging and very enjoyable! During the year the College would combine skills and year groups to present a whole musical to our friends, family and the public. My favourite musical that we performed was ‘Anything Goes’ where I played the lead role ‘Reno Sweeney’. I enjoyed the music within the musical and still listen to the soundtrack whilst I am driving and travelling for work. Since 2015 I have gained teaching experience in Musical Theatre with children aged 4-16 and have found the experience to be rewarding and fulfilling. I thoroughly enjoy teaching my class and I am pleased to see how much they have grown in both character and confidence during my time there. The children work towards two large shows a year which they perform in our local theatre (Palace Theatre Mansfield). They get to experience how professional shows are performed and gain experience in using the dressing rooms and coping with quick changes and so much more. The children work very hard to make the show the best that it can be and always put lots of effort into the rehearsals. Along with the large shows the children also work on ‘mini’ shows which they present before the school holidays such as Christmas and Summer. In 2017 I worked as both a presenter and as an entertainer, learning that I had secured the position with Smile towards the end of the year. Throughout the year I have also enjoyed attending auditions and travelling to London. The city is very different to where I live and it’s fun to experience the busy crowded rush of people along with the tall buildings and many lights. I am very much looking forward to working in Italy and teaching the children in your school. We will work together to create a performance which everyone can be proud of and I can’t wait to see the smiles upon their faces.

Jessica
Hi my name is Jessica. I am a 23 year old actress and drama teacher from Hertfordshire, England. I began dancing from a very young age and then developed into doing singing and drama from the age of 6. I went to school in Hertfordshire and whilst I was doing my studies I always did drama and performing arts at the same time. This has always been my favourite thing to do, but it was also important to me to gain my qualifications too. For my A level exams one of my subjects was Drama and Theatre Studies and as part of the subject we had to devise a show ourselves. It was down to us to come up with a story, the script, costumes and put together the whole show. This was a great way for me to become more independent with my drama work and be able to take control and organise myself. It taught me a lot about directing a show as well as being in it and how that role is so different to just being the actor. In my last year of school I was given the role of head girl, this allowed me to work on my leadership and organisational skills, which have helped me in all aspects of my life. At the age of 18 I attended the performing arts college, Italia Conti, in London. There I studied performing arts for four years. This was great as I got to sing, dance and do drama everyday and I learnt so much. There were many projects through my training that involved us directing and taking charge of our own or other people’s work and this gave me even more experience in teaching and leading as well as being the performer myself. In my final year of college we did a performance of a Shakespeare play that we performed in different schools around London. This was a great experience as we got to speak to the children afterward and see what they enjoyed about the show and to inspire them to want to participate in drama themselves. I graduated from Italia Conti in July 2017 and went straight into teaching drama at a performing arts school in London. I would teach children from ages 5-18 and loved all of my classes. This gave me my first opportunity to teach students things that I had learnt at Italia Conti and see them enjoy it as much as I did. We would play lots of drama games, learn from scripts and understand about all of the different parts of drama. It was an amazing experience to watch students develop in confidence and capability in drama as I taught them week by week, and they would never want the class to end. In August last year I came to Italy to work with Smile on their Smile Days program. This was my first experience of working with Italian children and teaching drama to children who speak a different language to me. I worked in Italy for two weeks in two different schools, and I loved working with the children. My favourite parts were, teaching them songs, playing drama games with them and most of all putting together the show. It was incredible to see how much the children would enjoy the week and how much they would learn. It made me so proud to be their teacher, even if it was just for the week! I am delighted that Smile want me to come back and I am so happy to be in Italy to teach again. I look forward to meeting and teaching some new students, and seeing them learn about drama and the English language.

Nicola
My name is Nikky and I am a 21 year old actress from Birmingham, England. I currently live in London and love being in such an amazing city full of history, art and culture and in my spare time I like to read and train as a fitness coach. I have recently graduated with a distinction from the Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford , a highly established drama school which specialises in musical theatre and acting. I trained there for 4years, exploring all there is to know about acting , singing and dancing. My passion for the performing arts started at the young age of 3. I was an extremely shy and nervous child and so in order to gain confidence and life skills my mother enrolled me in ballet, tap and jazz dance classes and later acting and singing too. This helped me grow throughout the years as performance helps your confidence not only in your chosen field but in day to day life. I now cannot imagine being as shy as I once was. I think this is what prompted me to pursue a career in teaching , to be able to help children realise their full potential and to have the confidence to be themselves. In my opinion Drama is not just a subject to be studied by people who want to act for a living, drama can help people be able to stand up and give a speech or even just give the individual the personal skills to communicate with people on a professional level. Drama has helped me be successful in job interviews , auditions and presentations. It’s all about the skills of communication and confidence. As an actor I have taken part in many musicals and plays including Shrek the musical, American idiot , the life and many more. Working with directors on exploring main parts and ensemble parts alike has helped me understand the hard work that goes into building a character and how this helps to educate you as an actor. This can be translated to teaching. I have have always had a passion for passing on the knowledge I have to children, when I was thirteen years old I helped to teach a dance troupe a performance that went on to win money from the people’s lottery for the local youth centre. I was also the vocal captain in my school and had to help organise and teach the songs we sang in 2010 for Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Birmingham. I have been teaching drama and dance to children of the ages 3-15 for 5 years . We work on building their skills and putting on shows like the one we will be doing here, this helps them experience the nerves but also the excitement that comes with performing in front of there parents. My classes have varied levels of ability and social skills. I have been lucky enough to receive training from people who are masters in the field of child psychology and safe guarding children, which has helped me understand and adapt my lesson for the children in my classes that have learning difficulties, autism , Down syndrome and ADHD. It is so rewarding to see the children in my classes that sometimes struggle at school making friends and being able to focus on the task that has been set. This then helps them in there normal school environment as Their concentration is better and therefore they get better grades. I have traveled to many places including Florida , New York , Rome, Paris, Greece and Scotland. I am really excited to be in Italy again and to be working for smile. I’m looking forward to using my knowledge to help the children to work on there language skills but most importantly I’m excited to see how drama can help these children express themselves , explore their imagination and build their confidence , like I know it did for me and all of my students.