Blood Brothers comes to stage in Bay
Two of the musical world’s most famous twins are taking to the stage in Napier this July.
Toby Hunter, 18, and Sam Draper, 22, are playing twin brothers Edward and Mickey in Napier Operatic Society’s staging of Blood Brothers.
The musical, set in 1960s Liverpool, examines the concept of nature verses nurture after the twins are split at birth with one raised in near poverty and the other in an upper middle class household.
Mickey, played by Toby, is brought up by his struggling single mother and seven older siblings while his twin Edward, played by Sam, is the only child of the wealthy Lyons family.
The pair don’t meet until they are seven years old, but immediately become best friends.
This bond continues until they become older and the difference between their backgrounds begins to pull them apart, with the musical asking the audience to consider the way social inequality can affect people’s lives.
Toby, head boy at Karamu High School, described his character of Mickey as a complex role to play. ‘‘It’s a real challenge that is thoroughly rewarding,’’ he said.
After finishing high school Toby is off to Victoria University to study law, arts and teaching.
His on-stage brother Sam Dra- per, who plays Edward, moved to New Zealand a few years ago.
His family first arrived in Auckland before moving to Central Hawke’s Bay.
His first stage appearance was with the Waipawa Musical and Drama Club in the 2012 production of All Shook Up.
‘‘I love the family feeling within the Blood Brothers team,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s a wide range of ages and experience amongst us and we’re all having a ball bringing this brilliant script to life.’’
‘‘It's a real challenge that is thoroughly rewarding’’ Toby Hunter, who plays Mickey Sam Draper who plays Edward and Toby Hunter as Mickey rehearsing for Blood Brothers.