Super stand-in Hayley saves show from crisis

Super stand-in Hayley saves show from crisis

PERFORMER Hayley Thompson learned a script in a weekend to save a  Dewsbury musical hit by an injury crisis.

Leading lady Abbie Jordan, 18, broke a bone in her foot last Thursday and had to pull out of the Dewsbury Collegians’ Amateur Operatic Society production of Anything Goes.

Hayley got the script at 10.30pm that night and had it all nailed by rehearsals on Monday.

Hayley, 24, of Bradford Road, Dewsbury, is no ordinary stand-in. She acts, dances and also sings in folk group Thingamajig.

Her memory feat included mastering not only her own lines but the songs and other dialogue.

Collegians committee member Wendy Nuttall said: “She’s not only really good at that but has an excellent singing voice.

“She’s also a good all-rounder in that she’s a trained dancer and very good actor.”

Hayley, daughter of Collegians’ costume chief Tracy Stocks, first appeared in Annie Get Your Gun in 2001 aged 10.

Since then she has been a regular star of the troupe’s various concerts and pantos.

Anything Goes is at Dewsbury Town Hall from Wednesday, June 8, to Saturday, June 11 (7.15pm).

The Cole Porter classic was put together by a new team of musical director James Rodgers, producer Kevin Moore and choreographer Joanne Perkins.

Musical numbers include Blow Gabriel Blow, Let’s Misbehave and the famous title song.

Wakefield College student Abbie was hurt when she landed awkwardly while dancing as part of her theatre course.

Abbie, now on crutches, is expected to have a pot on her foot for the next six weeks.

It was a double blow as in January she missed out on starring in the Collegians’ panto Babes in the Wood due to glandular fever.

The next Collegians outing is the comedy Ladies’ Day at St Paul’s Church Hall in Hanging Heaton in October.

Proceeds from ticket sales fund future shows, the cost of which includes sets, costumes and venue hire.

Wendy said of the charity: “We’re called Dewsbury Collegians and want to stay in Dewsbury.

“We’re the only group that puts on major live theatre productions in the town centre and hope the public come out to support us.”

Tickets for Anything Goes are available from 01924 492742 or 01924 468653, the town hall box office on 01924 324501, or from

Prices from Thursday to Saturday are £12 (£10 concessions) in the stalls and £13 in the balcony (no concessions). Seats in the stalls are £9 at Wednesday’s show and discounts for groups are available every night.

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