Charlie and Cole share princely role at Court Theatre

04 Mar 2024

Setting the scene for their flourishing stage careers, students Charlie Wood and Cole Moffatt have secured their first leading roles for The Court Theatre.

The exuberant pair will share the role of the dashing young royal, Prince Eric, in The Little Mermaid Jr. production during the July school holidays.

For Charlie, 15, and Cole, 14, stepping into the spotlight is a natural move – and integral to their long-term aspirations.

“I love to perform and be on stage. Whether it be for acting, singing, or dancing, the whole experience is something that should be open to everyone,” Charlie explains. “The opportunities that College offers have helped me to continue this passion, letting me take up multiple roles over the past few years and immerse myself in Drama.”

With an uncle who is a well-known English entertainer, magician, and presenter and a grandfather – aged in his 80s – who still sings during Chapel services, Charlie also feels empowered to carry on the family performance tradition.

One of the first three Year 10s accepted into Schola Cantorum at College, the now Year 11 student has already featured in school productions of Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr., and Rainbow’s Ending.

Next up, Charlie will appear in College’s Senior Production, Anything Goes, and The Little Mermaid. He is also involved in House Plays, House Music, and the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals. And – alongside Cole – he is a member of the title-winning College Theatresports team.

Meanwhile, Cole hopes to establish himself on the Broadway and Westend stages, carving out an international career while also performing as a solo artist. He also has a musical family, including his aunt, Zara Ballara, an international opera singer.

“College has provided the ideal stage for me to further my love of music and drama,” he says. “The whole Drama Department has been so supportive, always letting me know about any outside productions and audition opportunities.”

Cole has been immersed in music and theatre for several years, along with winning multiple performance awards. Holder of a Choral Scholarship at Christ’s College, the Year 10 student has already featured inBugsy Malone, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. and also tutors primary school kapa haka groups.