Saturday, 18 September 2021

Rocky, 5, takes after mum with festive song

RESEARCH shows that talent is about 50 per cent hereditary.

RESEARCH shows that talent is about 50 per cent hereditary.

So it is no surprise that the angelic singing voice of five-year-old Rocky Hopcroft was passed on to him by his mother Louisa.

What is more unusual is that both of them were cast to sing the same song in the same Christmas production for Henley Children?s Theatre.

Rocky, who attends Crazies Hill Primary School, will sing Three Little Kittens Who Lived In France during the performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Kenton Theatre in Henley later this month.

He will sing it as a duet with Sophie Cole, six, ? just as his mother did 33 years ago, except she sang it solo.

?I still remember learning the song and wearing a pink dress,? says Louisa. ?I?m not sure what Rocky is going to be wearing yet but hopefully it won?t be the same!

?A group of the children have been singing the song at some other events, such as the Mayor?s Christmas party and the Henley Living Advent Calendar.?

When Louisa, who lives in Wargrave with husband Daniel and their three other children, was cast in the role, the children?s theatre was being run by Mike Hurst, who wrote the adaptation of the fairytale. Now it is under the guidance of Mike?s daughter Muffin.

Louisa says: ?The song comes at the point in the production when everyone is getting ready for the finale, so a couple of the youngest children do it as a solo or duet.

?Muffin taught them all the song then picked a few to perform it. Rocky?s one of the older little ones so he?s a bit more confident.

?I said that I sang the song when I was little and we've been singing it together at home to help make sure he knows all the words.?

Louisa, who grew up in Peppard, attended the children?s theatre group until she was 12, and said it was ?a good place for hanging out with friends?.

She adds: ?I would go with my sisters and a lot of my friends used to go every Saturday morning. We would do performances and pantos, which were brilliant.

?Rocky started this time last year and was in the Christmas panto. I think he enjoys it and gets a lot out of it but is a bit nervous before the show.

?He enjoys the dressing up but he?s not so keen on the make-up. He just has fun with it really.

?I don?t really remember doing it, I just remember it was fun.?

* Beauty and the Beast will run from Tuesday, December 29 to Sunday, January 3. For tickets, call the Kenton Theatre box office on (01491) 575698.

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