Each weekend a group of 5 ordinary ladies from across London and the South East shed their sensible shoes and lose their handbags to transform into Princesses to entertain at Sense Theatre’s parties. Lauren, Becky, Bethany, Caroline and Jade all trained as actors and alongside their lives on the stage and working their day jobs these five women from across Surrey and London don their Princess frocks at the weekend and add a sparkle to little girls’ parties.
Lauren who owns Sense Theatre says; ‘there is a growing demand for little girls wanting to meet their favourite princess and their birthday is the perfect time to do that.’ Lauren who can co-ordinate up to 12 princess parties in a weekend and trains up the team says she owes some of this success to the recession. She says; ‘there was a time when people would share magical memories at Disney World and go all the way to Florida or Paris to meet their children’s heroes- but with the economy as it is, there simply isn’t the money to do that, that’s why people are throwing more and more elaborate parties and inviting their daughter’s favourite character to attend, why go to Disney World when the characters can come to you!’
Sense Theatre Parties aren’t just offering up a pretty faced character- all of the Sense Theatre Princesses are there to take the stress out of the party and can entertain and enthral up to 35 children at each celebration. Bethany says; ‘when you’re a little girl, all you want is to be a princess- now I’m in my 20s it’s like a dream come true!’ The parties follow the storyline that the Princess needs to find the next new royal recruits, children are transformed into Princesses and Princes or pirates or superheroes for the boys and embark on a range of fun games and activities as their training to be the next royals!
Lauren says; ‘People automatically assume that Princess parties will only appeal to little girls, but that’s not the case- little boys are begging for the princesses to return for their own parties, although Mum and Dad usually convince them to have one of our pirate or superhero parties instead.’
Entering with a mass of fairy dust, dressing up clothes galore and equipped with disco lights and snow machine the princesses certainly make birthday’s memorable. Parents will often say about their little girls ‘we tried to bring her up to be really gender neutral but all she wants to do is dance around and meet Cinderella, we can’t take that away from her.’ Children grow up so quickly these days that parents are keen to capitalise on their innocence and introduce them to their heroes before they grow out of the princess phase.
Lauren says; ‘our princess parties are getting more popular than ever, the old classics like Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty are still popular but new Princesses like Sofia the First are causing a massive increase in bookings.’
The Princess phenomenon isn’t going to go away, as long as Disney are still making movies, Princesses will still be top of the list of little girls’ heroes. Looking to the future Sense Theatre Princesses can only see themselves getting busier and busier- Lauren says ‘the best thing is that not only do out princess entertainers look great, they genuinely love kids and that’s what keeps the magic alive!’
For more information on Sense Theatre Parties visit www.senseparties.com or speak to Lauren on 07557 657 045.