Corinth theater production of 'Honk' close to opening

Some take to this crazy old world like ducks to water; others have tougher times finding their place. Hans Christian Anderson brought that truth to light in his fairy tale, “The Ugly Duckling,” and the timeless story has been put to music for Corinth Theatre-Arts’ production of “Honk.”
“The lesson of the story is finding yourself, being comfortable with who you are,” said Kelly Gilson, director. “That’s a lesson kids need to hear.”
Ugly’s egg gets mixed up with a nest full of duck eggs. When he hatches, he has a loving mother, but it’s clear there’s something different about the little guy.
Along the way, he meets a turkey who could be the farmer’s Thanksgiving meal, an old gander who’s retired from the military and a dancing frog that dishes out advice.
“It’s all about not giving up,” said Jon Hudson, who plays Ugly.
Eventually, he learns that he’s really a swan. He even finds a swan girlfriend, Penny, who’s played by Ellice Patterson.
“She gets caught in fishing line, and he saves her,” Patterson said.
After spending his young life in search of answers, Ugly has a few words of wisdom of his own to share.
“I’ve been different all my life,” he says in the musical. “Now, I’ll be different as a swan.”
With music by George Stiles, book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and inspiration from Hans Christian Anderson, “Honk” offers a mixture of music and comedy. There’s also plenty for ducklings to consider.
“It shows that it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside,” said Grace Swanson, who plays Ida the Duck. “It’s what’s on the inside that matters.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

July 31, Aug. 1, 2
CORINTH – “Honk Jr.,” a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Ugly Duckling,” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Crossroads Playhouse. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 students. Reservations recommended. (662) 287-2995.

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