Hippodrome home for Summer School project

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The Trapdoor Theatre School will be staging Stiles and Drewes ‘Just So’ for two performances on Saturday, August 24, at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne.

This years Summer School sees an exciting departure for the group as they take up residence at the theatre from August 19.

With a cast of over 50 signed up to take part in the show, Principals Debbie Hackett and Alex Adams are looking forward to a fun-filled week.

Choosing the Hippodrome for the Summer School was easy - Debbie and Alex are currently producing the Summer Season at the theatre and are delighted to be able to offer local children the chance to perform in a beautiful venue, steeped in history.

The show is based on Rudyard Kiplings ‘Just So Stories’ and follows the plight of the Elephants Child and his unwitting companion, The Kolokolo Bird on their quest to find and defeat Pau Amma – a cantakerous crab who rules both the land and sea.

Along the way they meet a wide range of characters – a Giraffe, Zebra, Gazelle, Jaguar, Leopard, Kangaroo, Rhinoceros, talking Stove, mad castaway Chef and the nemesis of the piece the evil Crocodile.

With full set, costumes, lighting and sound and an orchestra led by Carl Greenwood, the show is suitable for all ages - set to an eclectic, upbeat score, Kipling’s “Just So Stories” are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle.

The organisers are sure everyone will be inspired by its underlying message -That one determined individual can make a real difference in this world.

It will be produced and choreographed by Debbie Hackett, produced and directed by Alex Adams and the musical director will be Carl Greenwood

Summer School runs daily from 10am-3.30pm from Monday, August 19-Saturday, August 24. Fees are reasonable and sibling discounts are available.

For further information email trapdoor.info@btinternet.com. For ticket bookings call Eastbourne Theatres Box Office on 412000.