The Alexandria Area Arts Association is pleased to present a quest like no other, featuring webbed-feet, a strong beak and duck who is very different! Help Ugly find his way home while celebrating the beauty of being unique with Honk, Jr, January 22-31!
The Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Ugly Duckling is reinvented with fantastic music in Honk, Jr! Ugly the Duck looks quite a bit different from his duckling brothers and sisters, and the other animals on the farm are quick to point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping.
However, Ugly gets separated from his family, and is desperately searching for his way back home. Through his journey, Ugly overcomes challenging situations, makes unforgettable friends and finds love in many forms, all while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Be there as Ugly discovers that he is truly beautiful, both inside and out!
Honk Jr is a 90-minute musical designed for audiences of any age and any attention span and features incredible music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (creators of Mary Poppins).
"We are excited to bring this incredible musical to the stage," said Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director of Alexandria Area Arts. "Honk is a beautiful story about self-discovery that we can relate to, no matter our age."
Honk, Jr. features over thirty-five young actors in an ensemble cast, including: Matt Adolphsin (Ugly), Brody Uhlenkamp (Drake), Bella Greathouse (Ida), Ari Janssen (Maureen), Madeline Dudley (Henrietta), Harry Greathouse (Billy Duckling), Ben Borden (Turkey), Myra Nelson (Her Grace), Parker Zwach (Beaky), Sailor Peterson (Downy), Emily Staples (Fluff), Brooke Houska (Dot), McKayla Petrie (The Cat), Neko Glaser (Bullfrog), AJ Coenen (Bullfrog), Issac Kent (Jaybird), Nick Jelson (Capt. Greylag), Connor Schreck (Father Swan), Eden Phillips (Penny), Ryan Vailes (Barnacles), Beth Odden (Mother Swan), Bianca Wegner (Blizzard Soloist), Alyssa Klassen (Blizzard Soloist), Jayme O'Brien (Ensemble), Will Zwach (Ensemble), Dillon Bock (Ensemble), Abigail Nelson (Ensemble), Makenna Botten (Ensemble), Marissa Hopper (Ensemble), Emma Ballou (Ensemble), Ali Pexsa (Ensemble), Olivia Reilly (Ensemble), Avery Sinning (Ensemble), Sophia Anderson (Ensemble), Jeryn Drewes (Ensemble), Ashley Donely (Ensemble).
Honk, Jr. is directed by Kathy Ray, with assistance from Keziah Koslowsky. Music direction by Rachel Capistrant. Choreography by Lindsey Ann. Technical direction and set design is by Quincy Roers. Scenic design is by Ahndree Brown and Junelle Gustafson. Costume design is by Katelyn Niemeyer and prop design is by Scott Giannone. Tim Ray provided sound design. Scott Giannone and Ailee Velazquez provide stage management.
Honk, Jr. has performances January 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees on January 24 and 31 at 2:00pm. Tickets are just $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $10 for children 10 and under. A group rate of $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more is available.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the AAAA Box Office (M-F, 11am-5pm) at 320-762-8300. With it's short time frame and content, Honk, Jr., is the perfect show to introduce youth to the wonderful world of theatre.
Honk, Jr., is presented with permission from Music Theatre International, and is sponsored, in part, by Henry's Foods of Alexandria.