Honk is an adaptation of the story of the Ugly Ducking and although I wasn't familiar with it had some great songs and was a brilliant musical for children to perform.
It was a Summer School week where they turned up on Monday and were handed a script to decide what they wanted to audtion for. Parts allocated, they had 4 days to learn their lines/songs as the performance was on Friday Night!
My 7yo was the Turkey, he was the youngest player to have lines which he learnt beautifully. Nicknamed the 250 mile an hour Turkey he had been rushing his lines but on the night was perfect and his sense of comic timing way beyond what you would imagine a 7yo to have!
My 10yo was the Bullfrog. With a scene pretty much on his own and a whole solo song this was a big ask and a lot to learn. He was a little nervous but that was not evident at all from his confident, flawless performance! He too was very funny and got one of the biggest cheers in the finale!
Makes me a bit emotional just thinking about it! They are fired up thespians now and looking forward to auditioning for parts in the Pantomime (what have I started!!)
The theatre in Southsea is beautiful, a proper old fashioned theatre of a grand 103 years! Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area :)