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Just Imagine NW consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced employees. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.

Danielle Smith

MANAGING DIRECTOR

 

ABOUT ME: I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR THE ARTS AND AFTER HEARING TIME AND TIME AGAIN 'DANIELLE YOU NEED TO HAVE A BACK UP' 'THATS NOT A PROPER JOB' '1 IN A MILLION make it' - I THOUGHT HEY I'LL SHOW YOU!

 

IT TAKES GUTS, COURAGE AND DETERMINATION ALONG WITH A DEDICATED TEAM OF CREATIVE, POSITIVE AND ENERGETIC INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE IT WORK... WE ARE ON A JOURNEY AND IT'S A BLOOMING EXCITING ONE! I ATTENDED A DRAMA SCHOOL THROUGH MY TEENAGE YEARS RUN FROM KING GEORGES HALL, IT WAS EXPENSIVE BUT IT STARTED TO MOULD ME AND I LEARNT I HAD A VOICE, A PERSONALITY AND I GAINED A TON OF CONFIDENCE. I STARTED AUDITIONING FOR COMPETITIONS AND PROGRESSING THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND GOT THE HIGHEST MARKED 'A' ACROSS MY SCHOOL YEAR IN MY DRAMA GCSE. I WENT ON TO STUDY AT ACCRINGTON & ROSSENDALE COLLEGE VIA THEIR 2 YEAR BTEC LEVEL 3 PERFORMING ARTS COURSE AND RECEIVED A TRIPLE DISTINCTION.

 

DUE TO MY FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGING DRAMATICALLY AT THE AGE OF 16 MY VISION OF GOING TO UNIVERSITY VANISHED AND I JUMPED STRAIGHT INTO WORK. LUCKILY PERFORMING HAD GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE TO GO INTO ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT AND SALES AND EARN A LIVING THROUGH A TOUGH COUPLE OF YEARS. I STARTED TEACHING ADHOC DANCE SESSIONS IN THE EVENINGS IN SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FOOTBALL CLUBS AT THE AGE OF 18 AND SLOWLY BUT SURELY BEGAN WRTING UP A PLAN OF ACTION FOR MY DREAMS TO COME TO FRUITION. ITS BEEN 8 YEARS IN THE PROCESS WITH MEETINGS, PLANNING, BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS ETC... BUILDING A BUSINESS LIKE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT AND I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE ACHEIVED THIS EARLIER THAN I HAD EVER WISHED FOR. WITH ATTENDING AN EXPENSIVE DRAMA SCHOOL AS A YOUNGSTER AND SEEING THE STRAIN THAT CAN PUT ON A FAMILY BUT ALSO HOW INSTRUMENTAL THE ARTS IS FOR SHY AND RESERVED YOUNGSTERS, JUST IMAGINE WAS CREATED TO OFFER AFFORDABLE PROVISION AND EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN. DREAMS DO COME TRUE... BUT ONLY IF YOU WORK YOUR LITTLE BOTTOM OFF! 

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS: 

1. I COMPLETED A 15,000FT SKY DIVE FOR CHARITY AND THREW UP THE WHOLE WAY DOWN. NOT PRETTY!

2. I GOT MARRIED IN JUNE 2015 IN THE BEAUTIFUL YET QUIET TOWN OF ORADOUR-SUR-VAYRES IN FRANCE AND HAD THE RECEPTION IN MY GRANDPARENT'S BEAUTIFUL GARDEN. IT'S THE ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD I TRULY SWITCH OFF AND IT'S MY LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN. 

3. WE CREATE LARGER THAN LIFE EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WHICH I ADORE! IN MY RARE SPARE TIME I ENJOY ALL THINGS QUIET AND RELAXED BELIEVE IT OR NOT! SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, READING, SPA DAYS OR FLYING OVER TO FRANCE TO VISIT MY GRANDPARENT'S FOR A WEEKEND FILLED WITH LOVE, LAUGHTER, CHEESE AND WINE! 

 

Let me introduce my fabulous team to you... 

 

Father Christmas 

Other Names: St Nick, Santa Clause or Arthur

 

Speciality areas: Navigation techniques, food tasting, milk guzzling, REINDEER HERDING & STORY TELLING!

ABOUT ME: Currently in barbados sipping milk from a coconut and sharing a fruit platter with the head elves. PLAYING VOLLEYBALL AND RUNNING UP & DOWN THE BEACH IN ORDER TO FIT INTO MY SUIT COME DECEMBER TIME! THE ELVES ARE WORKING HARD AND THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! JUST REMEMBER... I'M ALWAYS WATCHING!

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS:

1. DASHER WON THE LAPLAND OLYMPICS THIS APRIL 2017

2. MY FAVOURITE FOOD IS CELERY & YES MY BEARD IS REAL! 

3. THE NAUGHTY AND NICE LIST ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY... QUICKER THAN EVER BEFORE!

HOLLY - DIRECTOR OF CREATIVITY & JINW PERFORMER

 

About ME: I've always been the sort of person to give absolutely everything my best shot, if you cant do it right don't do it at all! I live my life willing to give everything a try, if it doesn't work I try again and I don't give up until I am completely satisfied with my creation. 

 

I am a huge fan of Disney and still to this day I would pick a Disney movie over anything else! It's something about how magical one story can be and how many possibilities can come from a tale told on screen. Throughout my childhood I remember these magical movies constantly being on the television and thats where i found my love for movies, musicals & magic. 

 

Little did I know that I would become many of those characters I had once admired and dreamt about when I was a child. Danielle the Director of Just Imagine CALLED ME and I have not looked back since. I love performing and creating anything and everything from props, accessories, character costumes and special fx makeup to setting and scenery. For me quality and accuracy to character is key and that's why working with JUST iMAGINE IS MY DREAM COME TRUE BECAUSE EVERYONE IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING WE DO, FROM THE EVENTS TO THE BIRTHDAY PARTIES EVERY MEMBER GIVES 110%. It's so lovely to work within a group of people that are so passionate about getting each and every details true to those you see on the screen.

 

'Weird & Wonderful' Facts:

  1. A wonderful fact is that I have 2 beautiful children, that make me more and more proud every single day.
  2. If I start a TV series I cannot switch it off, I watched The walking dead entirely from season 1 to 7 within 4 weeks.
  3. I'm a bit of a Halloween and Christmas freak... I would have my Christmas tree up all year if my husband would let me.

 LAURA - DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & JINW PERFORMER

 

About Me: Well, where do I begin? Making sure people have a smile on their faces has always been a priority for me - from a very young age I’ve always put others before myself. The thought of someone having a bad day really gets to me as all I want to do is spread positivity round like fairy dust as everyone deserves happiness.

 

As a child I instantly picked up a passion for story telling and enchantment as the unknown world of fairy tale sent my imagination wild and I can’t thank my parents enough for being a part of that magical mystery. As an only child I found comfort in characters like the tooth fairy, the easter bunny, Father Christmas etc and I used to write endless letters to them in which they would reply. I even remember going to the park one day and collecting leaves and sticks to bring home and when my mum asked what I was doing I responded “I’m making the tooth fairy her own playground out of my cereal box so she can play on the slides and the swings like I do before she collects other children’s teeth.” The Easter Bunny played a major role in helping me to develop into “a big girl” as I sent him all my baby bottles and in return received a thank you letter and my first ever BIG easter egg!! Father Christmas was the same, one Christmas I reluctantly hung all my dummies on the Christmas tree so he could take them back to the North Pole and use the plastic to make other children’s toys! And when I look back at moments like this it makes me realise how beautifully important they are and working for Just Imagine NW allows me to give these special moments to hundreds of children on a weekly basis and there is nothing more heartwarming.


High School was where I found my passion in the arts after taking part in many end of year productions, pantomimes and various theatre showcases. The stage brought out a different side to me than that of a classroom, as it made me feel I had a purpose and I could find confidence in the characters I was assigned because believe it or not, I’m a rather shy person! As soon as I stepped beyond the curtain I knew it was my time to entertain my audience. After leaving school with a high marked ‘A’ in GSCE Drama I continued my studies at St Mary’s College. By the end of my 2 years I was awarded the highest marked Distinction* in Btec Performing Arts and a solid grade B in Drama & Theatre studies. I am now studying BA(Hons) Drama and Musical Theatre Combined studies at the University of Cumbria after being awarded the highest mark ever achieved in my first assessment for Musical Theatre & I am on track to achieving a First in my first year at University.

 

'Weird and Wonderful' Facts:
1. Despite being a Taurus, the water is my home, my safe haven. I have been attending swimming training on a weekly bases since the age of 3 and anything water sports related like surfing, wake boarding etc…..I’m there!
2. I’m an adrenaline junky!! I was the only one out of a class of 20 to jump off a 25ft rock into the strongest rapid in the Ardeche River, France on a water sports trip with High School….one of the best decisions of my life!
3. I was scouted by Danielle (managing director) online as I create videos to entertain my 22’000 follower fan base on social media and after watching a few of them she asked my to audition…..again, the most nerve racking yet best decision of my life! 

VICTORIA - COSTUME DESIGNER & JINW PERFORMER

 

ABOUT ME: I have been performering on stage and screen since the age of 16. I have played various lead roles such as Anita in 'West Side Story', Nancy in 'Oliver', Rita in 'Educating Rita' & My latest role was Alice in 'The Vicar of Dibley'. I have also featured on Brief Encounter & Peter Kay's Car Share. I create costumes for local Dramatic Societies and for the Just Imagine NW team along with performing in their professional theatre shows and events.

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS: 

1. I won Miss Rossendale

2. I am a qualified Hair Dresser

3. I have done a Sky Dive for Chartity

MAISY - JINW PERFORMER

 

ABOUT ME: I have been performing with amateur theatre groups from a very young age. My first roles being with Ribble Valley Youth Theatre from the age of 3. I performed in a principal role for the first time with the Accrington Theatre Group in their most recent show of 'The Addams Family' as Grandma Addams. Before this I PERFOMED AS Matron 'MAMA' Morton in Chicago and Pepper in Annie at ST. Mary's College. This lead to receiving Distinction grades in my Performing Arts & Musical Theatre Course. I am excited to begin a Comedy Writing and Performance Degree at Salford University in September. I have been performing with the Just Imagine team on a Professional level since October 2016 and continue to enjoy every moment of it!

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS: 

1. Once went to school dressed as a bunch of grapes to promote healthy eating!

2. I was a radio presenter on Ribble Valley Radio between 2007-2009

3. My middle name 'Valinakis' translates to 'man from crete'

Jenny-May - JINW PERFORMER

 

ABOUT ME: I have been involved in amateur dramatics since the age of 10, playing supporting roles in Musicals such as 'Our House', 'Oliver', 'Oklahoma' & 'Allo, Allo'. My faourite role has to be when i played Molly in 'Ghost the Musical'.

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS: 

1. I lived in Dublin for 3 years

2. I read the Harry Potter books at least once a year 

3. I can drink a pint of water in 4 seconds

 

SAM - JINW PERFORMER

 

ABOUT ME: I am currently in my third year at The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester working towards my degree in Musical Theatre. I also studied for 2 years at Accrington & Rossendale College where I acheived 2 Distinction* and 1 Distinction. I started performing at the age of 9 and have been fortunate enough to perform in many musicals. From 2010-2015 I attended Valley Academy Youth Theatre in Crawshawbooth and played some incredible roles such as Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables' as well as gaining distinctions in my BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD Musical Theatre LAMDA exams. 

 

PERFORMING IS SOMETHING I ADORE AND jUST iMAGINE IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO DO IT ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL. The events we perform in are fantastic and to see the smile on the childrens faces when they see the spectable of all the lights, set, costumes and wacky characters reminds me why I love being on the stage. As well as performing I love the other side of putting on a show. Directing, organising and stage management really interests me and has made me realise there is a lot more to putting on a show than meets the eye!

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS:

1. iN SUMMER 2017 i HAVE AN INDOOR SKYDIVING EXPERIENCE BOOKED AND TO BE HONEST i DONT THINK I'VE BEEN THIS NERVOUS ABOUT SOMETHING BEFORE!

2. My favourite musical is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat with Bat out of Hell a close second. 

3. My favourite PERFORMANCE with the Just Imagine team has to be the Narnia Experience. The whole thing is just FAB!

 

Michael - JINW Performer

 

I was roped into doing a school play at the age of 12 and i've had the performing bug ever since. I studied my degree in Acting at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, met some of the most amazing people and had some incredible experiences. One of which was performing Shakespeare to a crowd of over 1000 in Germany!

 

I've done my fair share of roles for Just Imagine NW and my absolute favourites are the Villains! I must be destined to become a grumpy old man because there's nothing better than the sound of boo's and heckles. 

 

'Weird & Wonderful' Facts:

1. I have a recognised qualification in 'Clowning' after taking a weeks intensive course!

2. I've recently become a dad and I can't wait for my little girl to be old enough to sit and watch all of the classic Disney movies with me.

3. Despite what the rest of the JINW team tell you, it's not my Birthday today, tomorrow or the week after & if you hear them singing 'Happy Birthday' please don't join in, it only encourages them!

GARY - JINW PERFORMER

 

ABOUT ME: I HAVE WORKED AS A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF TOURING AROUND THE BEAUTIFUL UK, FROM THE SHETLAND ISLES TO THE ISLE OF WHITE. I HAVE WORKED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRY FROM TV TO THEATRE AND SHAKESPEARE TO PANTOMIME. MY FACOURITE ROLE IS THAT OF LEAD COMIC AS I LOVE TO HEAR THE AUDIENCE ROAR WITH LAUGHTER.

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS:

1. I USED TO LIVE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, DENVER.

2. I HAVE WHITE WATER RAFTED DOWN THE ARKANSAS RIVER.

3. I HAVE PLAYED TO 5000 IN GEORGE SQUARE IN MY HOME TOWN OF GLASGOW

tom - jinw performer

 

ABOUT ME: i HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY SHOWS SUCH AS HAIRSPRAY, OLIVER!, SUMMER HOLIDAY AND LES MISERABLES WHERE I PLAYED MY FAVOURITE ROLE MR THENARDIER. I ATTENDED VALLEY ACADEMY YOUTH THEATRE WHERE I ACHEIVED GRADE 8 IN LAMDA AT A MERIT OR DISTINCTION. I HAVE ALSO WORKED IN MANY TV PRODUCTIONS AS EXTRAS AND MADE SHORT APPEARANCES IN TV SHOWS. 

 

'WEIRD & WONDERFUL' FACTS:

1. I AM A SCIENCE FANATIC

2. I CAN EAT A FULL JAR OF NUTELLA IN ONE GO

3. I HAVE SPENT 12 HOURS WATCHING 'THE LORD OF THE RINGS' BACK TO BACK

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