Oconee Youth Playhouse will present the award-winning musical “HONK!” Friday through Sunday and Jan. 19-21 at the Oconee County Civic Center.
The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday shows begin at 3 p.m.
The show, based on the tale of the ugly duckling, won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical over such musicals as “The Lion King” and “Mamma Mia.”
“Ugly is clearly different from the other ducklings from the moment he hatches from his oversized shell and emits a honk instead of a quack. Made fun of by the other animals in the farmyard, he runs off and becomes lost, pursued by a sneaky cat with plans for a duck a l’orange dinner,” according to Shane Hannon, who co-directs the show with his wife, Terra.
When Ida, his mother, finds he is missing, she goes in search of him.
The role of Ugly is played by Preston Peterson, a senior at North Oconee High School, with Cole Joyner, an eighth-grader at Malcom Bridge Middle School, stepping in for two shows on Sunday and Jan. 19. Cole’s older brother, Dayne, played the part in the 2011 production of “HONK!”.
Mother duck Ida is played by Westminster Christian Academy junior Gracin Wilkins, who was recently seen as Tracy Turnblad in OYP’s production of “Hairspray.” Gracin was in the 2011 production of “HONK!” as a fourth-grader, when she portrayed a duckling and umbrella frog.
Miles Peck, a sophomore at NOHS who plays the Cat, is another veteran of the 2011 show, along with Peyton Wenrich, an Oconee County High School senior; Malia Horst, an eighth-grader at MBMS; Ellen Corry and Lexi Sennowitz, eighth-graders at Athens Academy; Emma Powers, an OCHS junior; and Miles’ sister Lydia, a sixth-grader at MBMS all have featured roles in the current production.
The ensemble also includes NOHS sophomore Nicholas Futris as the leader of a wacky geese squadron and OCHS freshman Nathan Powers as the Bullfrog, who leads the number “Warts and All” surrounded by a stage full of colorful little frogs.
“That has been a show-stopper in our past productions,” Shane Hannon said. “It is such a sweet number and features our youngest performers, several of whom are first-graders. “HONK!” is the first show that we have presented four times since OYP was founded in 1998. It really is a favorite of ours.”
Tickets, priced at $14 for age 12 and under, $16 for students and seniors, and $18 for adults, will be sold in the lobby of the Civic Center starting an hour before each performance. Tickets are cash or check only.
For more information, see the Oconee Youth Playhouse Facebook page.