Honk your way to New Mills Art Theatre

honk1HONK!– New Mills Art Theatre

Tuesday, 16 June to Saturday, 20 June

Twenty local children are excited to be part of the forty plus cast of Honk! that opens at the Art Theatre, New Mills on Tuesday, 16 June.  This is the first show to be staged at the Art Theatre since the Proscenium Arch was recently restored.  The entire company are bursting to perform this very different musical version of The Ugly Duckling fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.

 Honk! begins on the farm with proud mother Ida and her husband Drake waiting for their five chicks to hatch; four ducklings hatch – but the last egg is very, very big and produces an enormous chick who ‘honks’ instead of quacks!  Ugly is so different to the rest and is shunned by all but his loving mother – growing up to believe that he is a very ugly duckling.  Ugly strays from the farm and gets lost in the wilds, meeting various friends and foe on his journey; a wise-cracking frog, a fickle house cat,  a squadron of RAF-style heroic geese and the show’s constant baddie – a devious cat who eyes Ugly up as dinner!  The cast are costumed in modern dress that hints at the animal characters, making for a very unusual production.

 For the show’s Musical Director, Debbie Woodruff, who herself is new to New Mills Operatic, it’s very much a family affair as her Dad, Brian Barlow, was a long standing member, so it is lovely for her to be working with a society that was so important to him – also her grandson is performing as a Duckling!

This is the first time Honk! has been staged at New Mills Art Theatre and (NMAODS) New Mills Amateur & District Operatic & Dramatic Society are proud to produce the musical written by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles, who also wrote Mary Poppins. Honk! is one of those true and rare pieces of live entertainment; a show that appeals to audiences of all ages – a family show – clever, hilarious and great fun with, of course, a happy ending!

So, do paddle your way to The Art Theatre, New Mills to see Honk! – an entertaining full length musical for the entire family.  Sit back and let all the singing/dancing Ducks, Turkeys, Geese, Swans and Frogs entertain you with witty and tender songs, to make you laugh, blub and leave you thinking a little about what it’s like to be different – Oh! and look out for Cats doing the Tango! – altogether a very ‘game’ show! ……….. sorry.




Jodrell Street, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 3HJ

Tuesday, 16 June to Saturday, 20 June


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