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Youngsters' animal magic

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 06, 2013

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As a young actor, surely nothing beats starring as an animal.

The exaggerated movements, vibrant costumes, comical sounds and the potential for slapstick are a great way for budding performers to combine putting on a show with, as was evidenced by the smiles on the faces of those involved in Honk Jr, having a lot of fun.

And there was no shortage of wild and wonderful creatures for the kids of The Performance Factory, aged from three to 12, to sink their teeth into as they hopped, clucked, and honked their way through a charming production of this timeless classic.

In fact, the only human character in the entire production is played by producer Dean Verbeck, makes a cameo appearance as a particularly nasty farmer.

There's Ugly the duck, the star of the show who, in an updating of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, endures the name calling and bullying before emerging as the triumphant Swan.

Along the way there's an evil cat who hopes to have duck a l'orange for lunch, a string of frolicking cows, and a supremely confident bullfrog who steals the show with his song Warts and All.

An entertaining rendition of a farmyard classic, affectionately portrayed by a huge group of talented local youngsters.

Mark Rees

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