The team behind the team get HONK ready to roll!

FINAL preparations for Todmorden Youth Theatre’s production are truly under way.

HONK, a musical re-telling of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale The Ugly Duckling, is this year’s Hippodrome Youth Theatre pre-Christmas production, with the team behind the team ensuring that everything will run smoothly on the night.

The back stage crew are all working hard to ensure that set, props and costume are all looking their best come opening night next Tuesday.

Set designer Steve Clarkson had praise for all the workers.

“As always we have a fantastic team of volunteers who have given up countless hours to put the set together,” he said.

The hard work does not stop with the set.

Elizabeth and Stuart Holland have also been working tirelessly to ensure that all the “animal extras” are in place to help the young actors bring their characters to life.

Stage manager Stuart Townend is pleased with the way everything is coming together.

“It’s hard work but with a week to go we know that set, lights and sound will all be in place and everything will be all right on the night,” he said.

The final piece of the backstage jigsaw is the wardrobe department under the direction of Gillian Winslow.

For many years the wardrobe team at the Hippodrome have delivered a stunning array of costumes.

However, designing costumes for animal characters brings a totally different challenge.

Gillian joked: “It only seems like yesterday since we last did HONK and it is pretty much the same team!”

Assisted by Linda, Barbara, Sue, Jo and Emma, Gillian’s small but dedicated team have relished the challenge.

“We don’t want to make it the same as the previous show, so it has been a great opportunity to get the creative juices flowing - and we’re delighted with the results,” said Gillian.

l HONK runs at the Hippodrome from Tuesday, November 29, to Saturday, December 3.

For more information on the show and tickets, visit the website www.todhip.org or visit the Tourist Information Centre.