Whitby youngsters help to bring new Disney script to life

Iris De Villiers played Cinderella alongside evil stepsisters Neve & Imogen.
Iris De Villiers played Cinderella alongside evil stepsisters Neve & Imogen.

Camp Colebrooke once again opened the doors to a full house of children to enjoy a week of singing, acting and dancing at the popular camp for children in the Easter holidays.

This time it was up to sister Chanelle Colebrooke and Co-Director Lydia Stephens to bring to life Chris’ newest original script.

Director Lydia Stephens with Travis as Walt Disney.

Director Lydia Stephens with Travis as Walt Disney.

The story of The Magic Kingdom was loosely based upon the closure of Disney World’s The River Country.

The River Country first opened its gates in 1976 but after years of flourishing, closed in 2001 due to various issues, with many forgetting of its existence.

But in 2017, a photographer stumbled upon the decayed Disney site which had been left in ruin for 15 years.

Lydia said: “I came across a video on the River Country by accident on YouTube and my imagination just took flight.

YouTube 'Sensations' - Jonah and Jayden, played by Alyyah Parkin and Rosie Young.

YouTube 'Sensations' - Jonah and Jayden, played by Alyyah Parkin and Rosie Young.

“The park closed because of incidents with the water, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to write a play in a water park based for the stage, so I thought about what it would have been like if larger Disney World closed down.

“I wanted to introduce characters like Walt Disney and his wife but I knew that Walt had already died by the time the River Country opened, so apart from the actual idea, a lot of the script was still very original.

“Our story all began with Walt Disney’s forced decision to close the park and where that left his wife Lillian after his death.

“We then jumped forward to 30 years after his death, where a pair of YouTubers stumble across an old park and attempt to video their experience.”

Travis Leadley and Romi Page and Walt and Lillian Disney.

Travis Leadley and Romi Page and Walt and Lillian Disney.

A colourful and exciting adventure was in store for the cast, with lots of well-known songs and brightly coloured characters.

Chris added: “I think the best weeks are the ones that are educational as in ‘wow, that really happened’ – yet still lots of fun.”