A Celebration of Diversity!
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Music by George Stiles
Directed by Timothy D. Turner
Assistant Director Mary Ann Romano
Produced by Golden Music Academy of Casselberry, Florida
auditions in August, information below! 8 boys, 8 girls, chorus
Performances November 3 @ 7:30 p.m. November 4 @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. November 5 @ 2:00 p.m.
All Performances at the Golden Music Academy Theatre (click for map)
In the London season featuring the appearance of “The Lion King,” “Honk!” became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical.
Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed “The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical” by The London Daily Telegraph), “Honk!” is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.
This Olivier winning, contemporary telling of The Ugly Duckling Story, is a fun filled adventure in discovering the joys of being different from the writing team currently creating the West End bound production of Mary Poppins!
The show that beat The Lion King out of the Olivier award (the British equivalent to the Tony® Award)! Honk! Junior is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, "The Ugly Duckling" and features a Joseph... Dreamcoat-like score that kids everywhere will enjoy.
Themes/Issues Explored: Tolerance, Prejudice, Running Away, Sibling Rivalry
Opened December 11, 1999 at The Royal National in London
“A marvelously funny, frequently touching and constantly magical theatre piece… sure to have a long and lustrous life.” -The Southampton Press
“One’s inner child is not disappointed… messages about diversity have never gone down so painlessly.” -The Boston Globe
“A celebration of being different” -BBC Kaleidoscope
UGLY – Jake McGarey
IDA – Janani Vaidyanathan
DRAKE – Ian Tear
THE DUCKLINGS: (BEAKY, FLUFF, BILLY, DOWNY) – Marigrace Buendia, Hope Cardone, Leah Singleton, Virinchi Vaidyanathan MAUREEN – Alyssa Maldanado
THE CAT – Patrica Go
GREYLAG – Carter Helm
DOT – Gabby Buendia
BARNACLES – Open
SNOWY – Camile Krieder
PINKFOOT – Adele Poophsa
THE BULLFROG – Carter Helm
PENNY – Victoria Smith
FATHER SWAN - Carter Helm
MOTHER SWAN - Gabby Buendia
BEWICK – Virinchi Vaidyanathan
GRACE – Adele Poophsa
THE TURKEY – Camile Krieder
HENRIETTA – Ginny Buendia
MAGGIE PIE – Victoria Smith
THE FARMER – Open
BOY – Open
GIRL – Open
Maestro Timothy D. Turner has been performing professionally for 27 years in professional & commercial productions, on stage and screen, with celebrities such as Rita Moreno& Marvin Hamlisch and groups like Canadian Brass& the King’s Singers. He has directed and produced theatre, cabarets, stage shows, concerts and film for more than 20 years throughout the continental United States and Europe. Although this is his 5th production with The Junior Academy Players of Golden Music Academy, this show marks his 67th production in the area since his relocation to Central Florida in 2001. He holds a BM in Performance from Millikin University and works as a director, performer, performance coach, clinician, producer, composer, community organizer and writer. Currently, he resides in Longwood, Florida just north of Orlando, but he travels extensively as a working professional.
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Please prepare an upbeat musical selection—please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Cold readings possible. Please come dressed and prepared to learn a dance routine for your audition.
August 13, 2006 6 – 8:00 p.m. The Golden Music Academy of Casselberry, FL (click for map)
Golden Music Academy Audition Information (407) 260-5552
August 14, 2006 4 – 6:00 p.m. The Golden Music Academy of Casselberry, FL (click for map)
Golden Music Academy Audition Information (407) 260-5552
UGLY – The ugly ducking and the main character of Honk!. Innocent, easily confused and very impressionable, Ugly doesn’t understand why it is wrong being different. However, his insecurities melt away as his character gradually changes from a gullible duckling to a wise swan, filled with self-esteem. He is the heart and soul of the show. He must be a strong singer and good actor. Vocal Range: D-F
IDA – Ugly’s mom. Ida is extremely protective of her son and committed to his safety. She is sweet but feisty, and she knows how to handle her husband, Drake. After Ugly is lured away from the barnyard by the Cat, Ida is determined to find him. Ida and Ugly’s relationship is a key ingredient of the show. She is the one who teaches him that it is OK to be different. Ida sings several solos, and therefore she should have a strong soprano singing voice. Vocal range: F – A
DRAKE – Ida’s husband. Drake is a sarcastic character. He is the stereotypical sitcom father – often shirking his parental duties. Drake finds Ugly quite repulsive and isn’t afraid to say it to anyone, including his wife. He should have good comic timing and a strong singing voice. Drake opens the show singing “A Poultry Tale.” Vocal range: A – F
THE DUCKLINGS (BEAKY, FLUFF, BILLY, DOWNY) – Ugly’s siblings – cute little kid types. They are among the “popular” ones in the duck yard who enjoy making Ugly feel left out. They sing as a group. Vocal range: N/A
MAUREEN – A moorhen and Ida’s best friend. (Originally found on the moors, a moorhen is a hen that lives near the water.) Maureen genuinely loves Ida, but she can’t resist a bit of good gossip. To the little ducklings, she is the typical annoying and overly affectionate “aunt.” Maureen sings “The Joy of Motherhood” with Ida, so she should also be a strong singer. Vocal range: G# - C#
THE CAT – The sly, cunning villain of the show. All of the other animals are deathly afraid of him. He is manipulative, cunning, witty and above all, HUNGRY. The Cat pretends to be Ugly’s friend so he can eat him. The actor playing this role (which could be played by a male or a female) should bring a sense of fun to the character and have a good sense of comic timing. He sings a few songs, but his character allows for many of the lyrics to be “talk-sung.” Improv skills are a plus. Vocal range: A – Eb
GREYLAG – A somewhat pompous goose and washed-up British military type, Greylag tends to over glorify his mundane activities (i.e. migrating South) to the level of military operation status. Only his wife, Dot, truly knows how to handle him. He sings a solo in “Wild Goose Chase.” Vocal range: A – C
DOT – A motherly type, she is genuinely concerned with helping Ugly find his mother. Dot doesn’t think that Greylag, her husband, is an entirely capable leader, but she kindly humors his “over the top” actions. She sings solo as well as with Greylag in “Wild Goose Chase.” Vocal range: N/A
BARNACLES, SNOWY, PINKFOOT – The geese in Greylag’s “squad.” They join in singing “Wild Goose Chase.” Vocal range: N/A
THE BULLFROG – A laidback, self confident frog with whom Ugly comes into contact in the second half of the show. The frog cheers Ugly up with his/her song, “Warts and All.” Optimistic and funny, he/she is a stand up comedian type of character will suited to someone with good improvisational sills and comic timing. This role can be played by a male or female. Vocal range: A – F
PENNY – The young, beautiful swan that Ugly saves from a tangled fishing net. She is able to see beyond Ugly’s looks and she loves him for who he is. She does not sing solo. Vocal range: N/A
FATHER SWAN, MOTHER SWAN & BEWICK – Penny’s family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos. Vocal range: N/A
GRACE – “The most distinguished duck on the lake.” Very aristocratic, she is considered the queen of the duck yard. All of the other animals look up to Grace and respect her. She, of course, is quite aware of this and is therefore a little bit haughty. Vocal range: N/A
THE TURKEY – The headmaster of the ducklings’ school. The Turkey is a bit snobbish and joins in the fun of teasing Ugly. There is of course one word that send shivers down his spine – THANKSGIVING! The Turkey does not sing solo. Vocal range: N/A
HENRIETTA – A hen and another of Maureen’s friends. Henrietta and Maureen gossip about the goings on in the duck yard. She takes great pleasure in making fun of Ugly. Henrietta does not sing solo.
Vocal range: N/A
JAY BIRD – An investigative reporter. A very “in your face” bird, all she/he cares about is getting a good story. She/He is the typical TV news personality who one would find on a reality TV show like “America’s Most Wanted.” She/He reports a story about Ugly’s disappearance. Note: If this character is played by a female, the name can be changed to “Maggie Pie.” Vocal range: N/A
THE FARMER, BOY & GIRL - The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show. Vocal range: N/A
ENSEMBLE - The remaining actors in the company play a number of different roles. Throughout the action of the play they take on roles as barn yard animals, geese, children at play, froglets, and part of the Blizzard scene. Vocal range: N/A