Description:

This delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.

This delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.Adapted for young performers, and with a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins), Honk! JR. is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score.  Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! JR. will treat your audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

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Director's Vision

HONK! Jr. is about being different. It teaches us that it’s OK to be different and gives children tools for how to treat others who are different. God has made each of us unique with special gifts and talents. We are looking forward to exploring topics such as bullying, self-worth, and reaching out to those whom society marginalizes.   How do we care for a kid who is “left out,” a class member with special needs, or someone who dresses a little funny? HONK! helps us answer these questions.
There are roles for everyone!

HONKJr. is unique in that leads and ensemble members are interwoven throughout the show. There are more solos and speaking roles available than the average musical, offering a lot of opportunities for many different cast members to shine at once. The script calls for 24 characters (4 male,8 female,12 m/f) plus ensemble roles as Geese, Swans, Blizzard soloists, and Froglets. We need actors of all ages! This is not just a little kids show.

It's a story for ALL AGES!!
Admittedly, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling was a children’s story. And our younger patrons will adore the fun, animal-like characters and upbeat Disney style music. But this particular telling is so cleverly written that parents and teens will find the irony, wit, and humor entertaining.

The MUSIC is beautiful! 
Gorgeous harmonies, beautiful ballads, catchy tunes – HONK Jr.'s music may not be well known, but it is one of the best. Not only are there several different styles of music but they each tell a beautiful story. "Different" especially brings home the message of the show with its poignant lyrics: "Different isn't hateful. Different could be swell. Different is just.... well.... Different."

Honk Jr. is just a LOT of FUN!
Costuming for this production is different from most tales about “animals.” The animals are played as people with animal characteristics. Our choreography will be exciting and challenging and may include some tap. All of the characters have fun backstories and jobs that are unique and are featured in 1 or more of the 14 songs in the script. AND I just know you are gonna love it, "warts and all!"
~Dee Willis
 

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Oct 22nd @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 23rd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 23rd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Oct 24th @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


Charles Bender Performing Arts Center:

611 Higgins Street, Humble, TX 77338


Show Notes:

Join the Honk JR Facebook group here.

Auditions
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Venue - Highpoint Fellowship
              12308 US-59 Bus
              Splendora, TX 77372
Vocal auditions 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Dance auditions 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Callbacks - August 28 starting at 10:00 am

Rehearsals:
Venue - Highpoint Fellowship
Fridays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am - 3:00 pm with Praise and Worship at 9:30 am, rehearsals will start at 10:00 am.
Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.

Rehearsal Schedule:
Sept. 3-4
Sept. 10-11
Sept. 17-18
Sept. 24-25
Oct. 1-2
Oct 8-9
Oct 15-16

Tech week - October 18 - 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Show dates and times:
Friday, October 22nd @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 23rd @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 23rd @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 24th @ 2:00 pm
Location - Charles Bender Performing Arts
                  611 Higgins St.
                  Humble, TX 77338

Mandatory Parent Meetings - Friday, September 3 @ 7:00 pm and Friday, October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Feedback Sessions - TBD
Promo Pics - TBD
Character Portraits - TBD

Artistic Team:
Director and Vocal - Dee Willis
Assistant Director - Ashley Petterson
Choreoghrapher - Emily Curda
Intern - Carol Neill


 


Characters:

Ugly

The ugly ducking and the main character of HONK! JR. Considered avery ugly duckling, he is actually a cygnet (a baby swan). 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. Gender: Male Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Ducklings (Beaky, Fluff, Billy, Downy)

Beaky, Fluff, Billy, Downy are Ugly's siblings - cute little kid types. They are among the "popular" ones in the duck yard who enjoy making Ugly feel left out. The Ducklings should be good singers who are comfortable singing as a group.

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. Gender: Female Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: F4

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." Gender: Male Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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. Gender: Female Vocal range top: C#5 Vocal range bottom: G#4

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. Gender: Any Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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." Gender: Male Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A4

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." Good singer. Gender: Female

Barnacles

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers. Gender: Any

Snowy

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers. Gender: Any

Pinkfoot

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers. Gender: Any

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. Gender: Any Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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. Gender: Female

Father Swan

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. Gender: Male

Mother Swan

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. Gender: Female

Berwick

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. Gender: Any

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. Gender: Female

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. Gender: Male

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. Gender: Female

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." Gender: Any

The Farmer

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. Gender: Any

Boy

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. Gender: Male

The 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. Gender: Female

Ensemble (Quail, Pheasants, Ducks, Chickens, Froglets, Goose Squadron, Swans, Camera Crew & Blizzard 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 (including Solo Froglet), and part of the Blizzard scene. Gender: Any