Getting into character!

Pictured from the left are, top, Amber Newbiggin-Lister, Tom Howard and Cara Heys, and Jessica Clarkson. Bottom from the right are Simon Dewsnip, Beth Sutcliffe and Emily Coup
Pictured from the left are, top, Amber Newbiggin-Lister, Tom Howard and Cara Heys, and Jessica Clarkson. Bottom from the right are Simon Dewsnip, Beth Sutcliffe and Emily Coup

GETTING into character are the cast of Hippodrome Youth Theatre’s festive production HONK, which opens later this month, writes Martin Cook.

Some of the production’s youngsters have been out and about getting to know some of the animals they will be portraying on stage.

Tom Howard, who plays the lead role of Ugly in the show, is not only busy rehearsing but also one of the youngest members of the Hippodrome’s stage crew.

He said: “It is great being able to see both sides coming together.

“Although the stage lads have made me build my own nest so if it falls apart it’s my own fault!” Amber Newbiggin-Lister is performing in her last HYT show while Beth Sutcliffe and Emily Coup have the task of bringing to life the cats in the show.

This is Beth’s first principal role while Emily is a seasoned youth performer. Alongside Emily’s house cat is the house hen Lowbutt played by Jessica Clarkson - although her really big bottomed costume may not be the most glamorous she is relishing playing such a comic role.

Cara Heys returns to a principal role having previously taken the part of Gertrude in Seussical in 2008. This time around she plays the demanding part of Ida, Ugly’s doting mother who will do anything for her son.

Simon Dewsnip may be a familiar face having played the roles of Peter Pan and Gaston in the last two HYT musicals. This time Simon is a larger-than-life Bull Frog. Simon is really enjoying playing a big character role, and he and his little froglets are raring to go!

HONK runs at the Hippodrome Theatre from November 29 to December 3. Visit www.todhip.org for more details and information about tickets.