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Chance to play with Milkshake TV characters
Wednesday 29th May, 2013 - Palace Theatre, Newark
Chance to play with Milkshake TV characters
Milkshake: Come Out To Play!
DEREK MORAN
Youngsters are being given a treat when their favourite characters from Milkshake come alive on a UK tour.

Channel 5 presenter Derek Moran will be joined by his friends in Milkshake: Come Out To Play! at the Palace Theatre, Newark, on Wednesday at 1pm and 3.30pm.

The all-singing and all-dancing show features Little Princess and Scruff, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Roary and Big Chris, Fifi and Bumble and B1 and B2 — the Bananas in Pyjamas.

The musical spectacular will have children and their parents tapping their toes, clapping their hands and joining in with the singing.

Once the characters all come out to play, however, they find themselves stuck outside the television when it is time to go home.

With the help of the audience, Derek and fellow presenter Amy Thompson aim to make sure they get back into the television ready for Milkshake the following morning.

The show features new songs, classic favourites, funky dance moves, lots of laughs and audience participation.

Derek, a former member of the boy band D-Side, said he was looking forward to meeting young fans of the Milkshake show.

He said: “The show is very special to me as I was given the chance to direct and choreograph it.

“All the children’s favourite characters will grace the stage and there is plenty of audience interaction. The tour has been well-received so far so hopefully it will go down well with everyone in Newark.”

Derek, 29, said he had enjoyed performing from an early age and trained with the Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin. He landed his first job when he was 11, and has performed in The King And I, Oliver Twist and Mack And Mabel.

He said: “It was the only thing I knew how to do and I have been doing it ever since. It is great to be able to combine acting, singing and dancing — all the things I love.

“I was lucky enough at the age of 16 to be signed by Warner Brothers Music as one of the band members in D-Side.

“We had three top ten singles in the UK, three albums and lots of success throughout Europe, especially in Japan. I toured the world for five years but I felt it was time to do something else.”

Derek says he counts himself lucky to be a presenter on Milkshake because he happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I heard through a friend that there was a casting so I rang up and asked if I could audition. As it was last minute they asked me to send a tape over of my work which I did.

“They rang me back, asked me to audition and I started a few days later. This is my dream job. I love every minute of it and I never want it to end.”
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