SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE
Salisbury Theatre will present “Honk!” 7 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. March 17.
This heartwarming musical celebrates being different and is written to delight audiences of all ages.
According to Music Theatre International, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical, “Honk!” was first written in 1993 and has been performed over 8,000 times around the world in many different languages.
“Honk!” won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
“Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, ‘The Ugly Duckling,’ ‘Honk!’ tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner.
“Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has no idea how to return home. He embarks on an adventure in which he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line.
“After saving her, the two birds fall in love. Penny, however, must return to her flock and fly south for the winter.
“Determined to find his family, Ugly journeys on, only to become frozen in the snow. Eventually, Ugly’s mother finds him and her warm tears manage to thaw him out. He revives, and is surprised to discover he is now a handsome swan!” according to StageAgent.
“We chose ‘HONK!’ for many reasons. The show is full of opportunities for the students to shine. The show can be performed with as little as 10 students or as many as 30. It’s the perfect size for Salisbury.
“Additionally, the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is one that continues to resonate generation after generation. This updated version is as silly as it is meaningful. One quote from the show sticks out in particular: It’s a phase we all go through. High school is tough: social and academic pressures can be challenging and, like the character Ugly, everyone has his or her personal challenges. Ugly sets out to find himself and in the end, with the help of friends and family, discovers he’s been exactly what and where he needed to be the entire time,” Director Will Windsor Erwin said.
In addition to Erwin, the production staff includes Student Director Ethan Cudd, Music Director Amanda Carol Pascale, Technical Director Christ West, Lighting Director Scott Ross, Choreographer Kirsten Almeida, Stage Manager Rory Watson, Assistant Stage Manager Logan Woods, Production Assistant Cherie Pennella, Light Board Operator Kieran Connolly and Sound Board Operators Logan Woods and Ashley Hirst.
Set construction/running crew includes Mason Bryant, Kieran Connelly, Shane Donaldson, Ashley Hirst, Emily Lamana, Abigail Lipkin, Jessica Nguyen, Nicole Reyes, Sarah Staack, Arianna Tavarez and Kayla Trenge.
Poster artwork is by Margaret Carl, poster design by Jarell Rios, program design/layout by Lucas Reichard and Angelina McMahon. The costume coordinator is Renee Martin, production liaison is Adam Soto and hospitality is provided by parents of the cast and crew.
Members of the cast include Michael Judge as Drake, Eric Smith as Turkey, Eliza Wiener as Henrietta, Kyleigh Vicoso as Maureen, Sara Lamana as Ida, Dezi Correa as Cat, Abby Gross as Beaky, Ryann Thomson as Fluff, Brogan Shay as Billy, Margaret Carl as Downy, Trent Renelli as Ugly, Abby Corell as Grace, Michael Tiao as Greylag, Kaitlyn Zong as Dot, Jarell Rios as Barnacles, Eliza Wiener as Pinkfoot, Shayna Trinidad as Snowy, Ryann Thomson as Lowbutt, Abby Gross as Queenie, Kyleigh Vicoso as Penny, Laura Talaber as Mother Swan, Eric Smith as Father Swan, Jarell Rios as Bullfrog, Julie Sizer as floor manager, Brogan Shay as Jay Bird, Michael Judge as boy, Laura Talaber as girl, Michael Tiao as farmer, Abby Correll as old woman, Michael Tiao, Shayna Trinidad, Jarell Rios, Laura Talaber, Abby Correll, Julie Sizer, Kaitlyn Zong, Eliza Wiener, Eric Smith and Kyleigh Vicoso as fish, Michael Tiao, Shayna Trinidad, Laura Talaber, Abby Correll, Julie Sizer and Kaitlyn Zong as frogs and Shayna Trinidad as Cat U/S.