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Backstage Gossip with the Funstars!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – you lot love the Funstars! So as part of our Funstar Friday we have asked one of our Funstars to give us all the back stage gossip about the Day in the Life of a Funstar.  We caught up with Nathan who has been a loyal Funstar of ours for over two years now and we’ve roped him in to doing a monthly post for us, giving us all an insight to the weird and wonderful lives of the entertainment team – so without further adue let me introduce you all to Nathan! – Helen x

Hello, I’m Nathan and I’m a Funstar and male vocalist at Craig Tara Holiday Park. Aswell as getting to do all the fun things you get to do as a Funstar, I also get the privilege to be apart of the show team at Craig Tara and perform the brand new shows for 2014. I’ve been a Funstar now for 3 years, I spent my first season at Lakeland Leisure park in 2012, then came to Craig Tara in 2013 and back here for my 3rd season with the company.

Before the season starts, we go through different rehearsal process to learn all about the job! I’m going to write about my time at rehearsals for showteams across all haven parks! Prior to rehearsals we are sent vocal guides and scripts so that we can learn the shows ready for rehearsals! We have 3 brand new shows this year; Girls on Film, Funstar Rockstar: Reloaded and Live@. As a vocalist, I have to learn the words to all 3 shows before the fun starts getting to learn the choreography and the staging for the shows. Rehearsals are held at Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire for 11 days. During the 11 days at rehearsals, it’s split into vocal training and choreography. We spend 4 days on Funstar Rockstar: Reloaded, 4 days on Girls on Film and the final 3 days on Live@.

Finally meeting my Idol - Rory! - Getting ready for Girls on Film, our new show for 2014 - Looking my best with a fellow Funstar

Finally meeting my Idol – Rory! – Getting ready for Girls on Film, our new show for 2014 – Looking my best with a fellow Funstar

As a vocalist, we spend the first 2 days working on vocals for each show, making sure we all know our lyrics and learning harmonies for each of the songs. Then we spend the next two days with our dancers learning the choreography for the shows and staging ready to hit the stage on performance night. The rehearsal process was tiring but so much fun, getting to learn these brand new shows and performing them to other parks is amazing.

We’d start each day 9a.m with a warm up with Matteo, one of the rehearsal directors. This was to warm our bodies up ready to learn choreography but also to start building up our stamina because these shows require a lot of energy and as a vocalist, being able to sing and dance as well as making sure you’re performing the numbers is vital.
We would start each day with push ups, press ups and flappy arms (a way to build up those arm muscles) as all of these exercises help to build your core muscles which enables to sing and dance at the same time without becoming tired easy. Following that would depend on what the plan was for the day, as a vocalist I could have been learning vocals for the shows that day or could have been learning the choreography for the show.

This was how we managed to learn 3 shows in 11 days, and now almost a month into the season, it’s so much fun to perform these shows for all the guests and owners on park, at Craig Tara we’ve received such positive comments on the shows, which makes peforming them so amazing. I may be biased but I think the entertainment this year is the best we’ve ever had – but don’t just take my word for it!

If anyone has any questions about life as Funstar, what it’s like to be a Funstar or anything at all about me, drop a question below and I’ll try make sure I answer as many as I can in my next blog! Bye for now 🙂


  • Megan Logie

    Hello Nathan been at craig tara all week and on the 13th i just wanted to ask how did you become a funstar as i am pretty intrested in doing it as i am really hyper person and lobe entertaining. Nathan you are awesome

  • Robyn Paterson

    Hi Nathan, I was at Craig Tara from the 5th to the 13th and absolutely live what you funstars do anyway I was just wondering is it as fun as it looks as I’m rather interested in becoming one? Xx

  • kerri m

    Hi i was at craig tara last week and have grown a soft spot for joe amd was wondering how i would get in touch with him ie face book or that

    • Hello Kerri 🙂

      We can’t give out personal information I’m afraid but I will pass your comments on, plus it’s a perfect excuse to visit Craig Tara again!

  • suzie ferguson

    Hi, i was at craig tara with my 2 little boys and every night we went to watch the funstars it was a big we are home boys want to show their gran and grampa the hyper meerkat dance. Were can i get a copy of that song please.xx

  • Nicki

    Hiya! I was at Craig Tara 1st-11th Aug 2014 with my mum & 5 year old daughter, we all had a brilliant time! Nathan, we think you’re great!…Keep up the good work!
    My daughter loved Billy, Anxious, Ned & Polly & of course you!!!….We have been trying to get a copy of the hyper meerkat song, where will we find it?!! xxx

    • Hello Nicki 🙂

      I have forwarded on your comments and questions to Nathan as I’m sure he will be thrilled to read them! I’m so please you had a fabulous time!

    • Hello again 🙂

      I’ve spoken to Nathan and here’s his reply

      ‘Thank you so much, made me smile a lot 🙂 we hope to see you back soon and I’ll pass on your comment to Billy, Anxious, Ned and Polly too 🙂 the song is actually on one of the party dance CDs that are sold in the funshops :)’

  • Carly

    Just back from a week at Craig Tara with my 5 year old and the rest of the family have to say the fun stars where amazing with all the kids ! And girls on film last night was a fab way to end the holiday , my neice and I absolutely loved Nathan ! And she was wondering do each of the fun stars have twitter accounts as we’ve both got a few good photos to tweet 🙂 will defo be back again ! Thanks for entertaining us during our holiday xx

    • Morning Carly 🙂

      Great to hear that you loved Craig Tara and I’ll be sure to pass on the comments to Nathan 🙂

      Ohh we love photos! Some of the Funstars may have personal twitters but you can tweet us the photos @haven or @funstarsgolive

      We can’t wait to welcome you back! 🙂

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