SOUTH CHURCH Annual Musical March 20-22, 2020

HONK!  is the story of the Ugly Duckling, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. 

HONK! is performed with simple sets and costumes—the characters are people with animal-like characteristics.  No feathers or fur necessary!  It is a wonderful choice for South Church because of the diversity of parts and number of small groups.  There are multiple adult and teen leads, small groups for men, women, teens, and children, including dance groups–chickens, ducks, geese, swans, ducklings, fish, frogs and froglets, trees, cattails, water, falling leaves, and snowflakes.

We need singers, dancers, and instrument players—young and old alike!  We need many hands to help with costumes, T-shirt design, posters, publicity, telephone calls, props, lights, sound and a set—something for everyone. 

Performances of HONK! will take place the weekend of March 20, 21 and 22, 2020

Rehearsals Small group rehearsals will be scheduled on weeknights, based on availability. Your level of involvement will be determined in part by your REGULAR AVAILABILITY at the times various numbers and groups are scheduledYou should anticipate a heavy rehearsal schedule the weeks of March 9, and March 16, as well as the full weekends of March 7/8 and 14/15—PLEASE do not make any conflicting plans for those 2 weeks!  

NOTE: there is no chorus and very few rehearsals for the whole cast before we begin run-throughs.  Most of the cast will rehearse in small groups until late February.  We will form groups based in part upon the availability that you indicate when you audition. 

Stage construction will take place on Sunday, March 8.



Some characters require more time commitment than others.  For example, the Barnyard Chorus will require more music than the Geese or Frogs, but both Geese and Frogs will dance as well as sing. 

Ugly                                     Gawky and odd-looking protagonist–speaking, 8 songs

Ida                                        Ugly’s mother—speaking, 8 songs

Cat                                       Hungry cat who preys on Ugly–speaking, 5 songs

Drake                                   Ugly’s father—speaking, 5 songs         

Maureen                               Ida’s conceited friend–speaking, duet & Barnyard Chorus-5 songs

Turkey*                                School headmaster–speaking, Barnyard Chorus-5 songs

Grace*                                  Distinguished duck – speaking, Barnyard Chorus-5 songs

Henrietta*                            Busybody friend of Ida-Speaking, Barnyard Chorus-5 songs

Barnyard Chorus* (8)          Barnyard Chorus-5 songs

Penny                                   Young swan, Ugly’s love-interest-speaking, 1 song with Ugly

Ida’s Ducklings (4)               Speaking, 1 song and dance

Maureen’s Ducklings (6)      1 song and dance

Queenie                                Domesticated, snobby cat–speaking, 2 songs, dance with Cat

Lowbut                                Domesticated chicken–speaking, 2 songs        

Greylag*                              Goose leading the squadron–speaking, 1 song and dance

Dot*                                     Greylag’s wife- speaking, 1 song and dance

Geese* (10-15)                     1 song and dance

Bullfrog*                              speaking, 1 song and dance

Frogs (4-8)                           1 song and dance

Froglets (10-15)                   1 song and dance          

Snowflake Dancers (4-8)     Dance only

Falling Leaf Dancers (4-8)   Dance only

Fishies (10-15)                     Dance only

Father Swan, Mother Swan Penny’s parents-speaking

Old Woman*                       speaking

Jay Bird/Maggie Pie*           speaking

Farmer*                                speaking

Camera Man*

Floor Manager*


* These parts can be doubled.

Yellow – optional parts that will only be cast if there are sufficient participants.