Here's what it's actually like to go backstage on a Disney Channel show

We caught some of the filming for The Lodge

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We've all wondered what it would actually be like being one of the main stars on a Disney Channel show, but an extremely tiny proportion of us actually get to live that dream. 

Thankfully there is such a thing as backstage passes, and we managed to get our hands on one to visit the filming of The Lodge, a new musical series on the Disney Channel that'll win over your heart and soul.

1. Nobody makes a massive fuss of the main stars.

The cast are known as 'The Acting Department', in the same way the show has a 'Lighting Department' and a 'Sound Department'. The idea is that everyone who works on the series is just as important as everyone else.

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2. There are loads of people backstage who you'd never know about.

From lighting assistants to make-up artists, it's a pretty bustling place to find yourself - which is handy for producer Raymond Lau, who judges how good the tunes are by if the cast are humming them backstage.

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3. The actors all hang out with each other off-set.

They stay in the same accommodation, on the same floor of the same hotel, and they even hit the gym together and rehearse their lines outside of hours together. 

Oh, and they've even got a group-chat going, like true pals.

4. The logistics of filming will amaze you.

Right. It takes 5 days to film one episode, which is just 22 minutes. The group were on set for 3 months, and it took the producers MONTHS to even find a location they were totally happy with. Yup, it's serious business.

5. The cast will re-do the same scene about a million times until they get it right.

Okay, maybe not a million. But, when you think about the fact it takes 5 days to complete a 22 minute episode, imagine how much attention is focused on the key dance scenes like the one below. 

Guess that's why it looks so slick.

6. The cast have to pick up new hobbies pretty quickly.

They all dedicated a day to learning how to kayak, and a couple of the group - Thomas Doherty and Luke Newton, were lucky enough to spend 6 weeks in mountain-bike training. Sounds pretty sweet to us, if also extremely exhausting.

7. Not to mention the fact that they're all over-achievers in life.

Even though it's the first major shoot for most of the cast, they all have some history of acting/singing behind them - which includes coming from the prestigious Sylvia Young theatre school to having small parts in TV shows like Mr Selfridge.

Meanwhile, Sophie Simnett, who plays lead character Skye, was still studying for her A-Levels when she first got the part. 

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8. There's a real mix of age even though they're all *playing* the same age.

Jade Alleyne, who plays Kaylee, is 15, whereas Luke Newton, who plays Ben, is 22. 

Cheeky little clip introducing my character BEN from @disneychanneluk 'The Lodge'.

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9. The cast and the crew (and the guests) all eat the same food from the same catering service.

Which, by the way, was great.

10. And finally, they all seem to really like each other. No, really.

Cute.

The Lodge will premiere on Disney Channel in the UK and Ireland at 5.30pm on Friday 23rd September 2016.

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