An all-singing, all dancing live stage show featuring favourites from children’s TV arrives at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas on August 24 and 25.
The cast and character’s from Channel 5’s Milkshake! show star in the lively Come Out To Play, which has been out on the road for the last 12 months.
The live show, as with the TV programme is aimed at kids two to seven years old, with familiar faces set to appear including Little Princess and Scruff, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Roary and Big Chris, Fifi and Bumble and B1 and B2 – the Bananas in Pyjamas.
It’s a musical spectacular aimed to get children tapping their toes, clapping their hands and singing at the top of their voices.
The premise of the show involves the hosts and presenters encouraging the characters out of the TV and on to the stage, for games songs and dance, though when the time comes to go home they find themselves stuck outside the TV.
The rush then ensues to help get the Milkshake! characters back in time for the morning show.
The show features new songs, classic favourites and funky dance moves, plus plenty of laughter, bags of audience interaction and bucket loads of fun for all the family.
Among the TV presenters making the trip to the Isle of Man is 22-year-old Olivia Birchenough, who is no stranger to the island.
‘I have got family in Ballaugh, I’ve been coming over for as long as I remember. Two or three times a year.
‘I’m really excited to be coming over for the last dates on tour,’ she said.
‘I got into Milkshake! a year ago,’ Olivia explained. ‘I got out of drama school, and I didn’t know what was next for me.
‘Milkshake! was my first professional audition, and I have loved it.’
It has been a long stint out on the road though, having started the tour last August with the end initially set for June before extra dates were added.
Olivia was happy to see the Gaiety Theatre pop up on the schedule however, as it meant she could take a few days out to stay and catch up with family.
‘You’d think that with seeing a lot of places my geography would have improved,’ she laughed, referring to the length of the tour.
‘We’re continually tweaking the show, that keeps the life in it. And once you see the children it’s fantastic.
‘We have got all the characters, the kids will recognise them. We get them “out of the TV” to sing and dance with us. Then get a Milkshake! newsflash, we need to get them back into the TV.’
She added: ‘The kids love it, just seeing their faces, it’s just magical. They are seeing their favourites in real-life, it is like a pop concert for them.’
Olivia also sees the tour as the ideal opportunity to introduce young people to the theatre.
‘For many children it has been their first experience in a theatre environment,’ she said.
‘There’s always something going on and we always try to include parents, there are songs for the grown ups too.’
Tickets start at £14 for the shows, which are at 1pm and 4pm on both Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.
Children to be accompanied by an adult.
The show is made up of two 35 minutes sections, with an interval in between.
Tickets are available online at www.villagaiety.com or by calling 600555, or visiting the Villa Marina reception in Douglas or the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas.