CLARKSVILLE — Clinton-Massie High School will present its spring musical, Honk!, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Ugly Duckling, on March 17-19 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditeria.
Seating is limited, so buy your tickets early. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, staff, and seniors. Tickets go on sale Monday March 7, and can be purchased by contacting Erin Hales at 937-289-2109 ext. 2312, through a cast member, or at the door.
Honk!, written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, is a musical comedy about the story of Ugly, who is mistaken for a very ugly duckling when his misplaced egg hatches in the nest of his loving duck-mother named Ida.
When Ugly, whose odd and gawky appearance incites prejudice from his family, is lured away by an evil cat, his mother Ida stands by him when others do not. As Ugly strives to find his way back home, he discovers his strength and resilience and gains a better understanding of those around him. During his spirited and harrowing journey home, Ugly not only discovers his true beauty and destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.
Senior Dylan Klingensmith plays the role of Ugly, who is innocent, confused, and impressionable, but by play’s end, changes into a confident and wise swan. His mother Ida, played by senior Shelby Miller, is protective, sweet, and loves unconditionally as all good mothers do. Cat, the villain of the story played by sophomore Noah Brausch, is cunning, sly, and pursues Ugly with evil intentions in mind.
The 25-member cast also includes Jezreel Forand as Maureen, Bethany Brausch as Lowbutt, Katie Starnes as Queenie, Madison Laake as Penny. Playing dual roles are Jake Miller as Drake and Greylag, Adrianna Hagerman as Dot and Billy, Mallory Hagerman as Grace and Mother Swan, Colton New as Turkey and Father Swan, Gwen Broderick as Henrietta and the Old Woman, Lauren Ellis as Pinkfoot and Beaky, Raelynne Mason as Bewick and Downy, Andrew Garrett as Bullfrog and Jay Bird, Emily Brausch as Snowy and Fluff, and Ethan Littler as Barnacles and Farmer.
According to Erin Hales, who is co-directing the show with Kate Edington, the show is not as well-known as some musicals, but should be.
“When I came across it, I instantly loved it and knew the students would too!” said Hales. “It is such a funny show with great music and a message that is so applicable and relatable for students and really, everyone. It teaches that being different isn’t a bad thing, and love is universal, no matter who you are. I have really enjoyed working with the cast and putting this show together. I know you will enjoy the show as much as we have!”
The musical ensemble includes Halie Boop, Hayley Curtsinger, Mary Daugherty, Chelsea Deel, Darby Forand, Kimber Geissinger, Sarah Martin, and Sarah Wessendorf.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several areal schools.