Honk! Jr. Auditions

Score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe 

 

YOUTH MUSICAL PRODUCTION: Ages 8 - 18

 

Auditions: Saturday December 7, 10 am - 1 pm / Callbacks:  Sunday December 8, 2 pm - 5 pm 

 

Synopsis:  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.

 

Directed by Mikaella Belsan

Music Direction by Kevin Glenn
Choreography by Audra Sheridan

 

Characters:
 

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. 
 

Ugly

The ugly ducking and the main character of HONK! JR. 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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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."

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Barnacles

The geese in Greylag's "squad."

 

Snowy

The geese in Greylag's "squad."

 

Pinkfoot

The geese in Greylag's "squad." 

 

The Bullfrog

A laidback, self confident frog with whom Ugly comes into contact in the second half of the show.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Farmer

The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. May be pre-recorded.

 

Boy

The only humans in the show.

 

Girl

The only humans in the show.

 

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.

 

Not Every Actor is Called for every rehearsal

 

Parent Meeting: December 12, 6 pm

Designer Run:January 25, 10 am
Parent Meeting: February 6, 6 pm
Set Load In:  February 8, 10 am
Tech Week: February 9 - 13
Preview (final dress): February 13, 7 pm
Opening: Friday, February 14, 7 pm
Performances: February 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 (Friday,Saturday 7 pm / Sunday 2 pm)
Special Performances: Feb. 14: 9 am & 1 pm / Feb. 15: 10 am
Tea Party: Feb 16: 12:30 pm
Strike: February 23 following close of show
Closing Party: February 23 after strike (Party at Holland Community Center)

 

Performances:  

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale AZ 85256

 

Rehearsals:
Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Orion Bldg., Scottsdale AZ 85256
will begin December 12, 6 pm
No rehearsals November 28,29,30, December 1, December 24 - January 1
Most rehearsals will be Monday - Thursday 6 pm - 9 pm / Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm

 

If you are cast, there is a Participation Fee of $225, includes show T-shirt, professional instruction by directors, choreographers and Music Directors
(scholarships available - apply if cast)

 

Honk! Jr. Audition Workshop