The excitement of a child’s wish can sometimes remind us of our own guilty pleasures, like getting all dressed up and heading to the West End for an enjoyable night at the theatre.
London’s theatre shows and musicals appeal to us all but this was especially the case for these four wish children, whose greatest wishes all involved a trip to see their favourite show.
Masie, 13, had dreamt to see Thriller the Musical and rehearse with the cast backstage! Prior to the Michael Jackson inspired show, Masie had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when she got to meet the cast who welcomed her with a group dance.
They formed a circle and each took a turn at showing their best dance moves off before the spotlight shone down on Masie to light up the stage with her dancing.
For Leon, 8, it was his dream to see one of the most iconic West End shows, The Lion King. His wish began with some VIP treatment, as he and his family were driven to the theatre in style.
Leon enjoyed the special (non-alcoholic) refreshments on board, so much so, that he asked Mum and Dad to shop around everywhere to stock up so he could enjoy this at home.
Their driver for the day, Sean, formed a special bond with Leon, going above and beyond for him on his wish day, and was given the honour of Leon naming his new teddy (gifted to him by The Hilton, Green Park) after his driver.
Leon loved the show and had a fantastic couple of days in London exploring.
Another wish child who wanted to see, the ever famous, Lion King was, 7-year-old, Isobel.
After her magical day, Isobel’s Mum reported back to her lovely Wish Granter, Mandy;
“We all had a fantastic day, especially Isobel. She thoroughly enjoyed every single minute and it was so nice, for us as a family, to have a special day spending quality time together making amazing memories, rather than spending time in a hospital waiting room.
“Thank you also for the beautiful teddy Isobel received on Friday from My 1st Years. She has named him Sunshine and he also made the trip to London!”
You just can’t beat a classic and that must have been what, 12-year-old, Cassie thought when she wished to go and see Cinderella at the London Palladium. Like a true Princess, she could only possibly travel in fairy-tale attire – her very own Cinderella dress. Thanks to Teacup and Tutus, she most certainly did.
No visit to London is complete without a trip to world-famous toy shop Hamley’s where all Santa’s Elves were bowing for Princess Cassie. After the show, Cassie and her family had a chauffeur tour of the London Christmas lights, all before being whisked home in her carriage, to rest after an exciting trip.
Just as Cinderella went to the ball, Cassie went to the Theatre!
For these four Wish Children, as well as many others who dreamt of seeing their favourite show, a trip to the theatre is so much more than just a day out. It is a chance for them and their families to forget about the hard times and enjoy being together in their own magical bubble.