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Choreography By Ali
D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy
JA Vocal Music
Molly's Vocal and Piano Studios
Mt Shasta Childrens Theatre
Visionary School for the Performing Arts
The setting is a small farmyard. As we get to know the various animals who live on the farm by Drake in A Poultry Tale there is much anticipation to the eggs that his mate Ida is hatching. No one is more interested than the cunning Cat who thinks that the hatchlings will make a wonderful dinner. Before long four ducklings come tap dancing out of their shells all cute and perfect. The final egg bursts open with an odd-looking babe who utters a loud Honk! Named Ugly for being different, this misfit is the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen that has become musicalized by Andrew Drewe and George Stiles. OCHSA performed this delightful family musical in their black box theatre, creating an entertaining production.
Director and choreographer Charna Felthous keeps the show
moving fast with maximum use of the extremely small space.
At the center of this animal circus is an electric Kima Christian as Ugly
who is both earnest and amusing in his struggle to become his inner swan.
Victor Ferguson and Sierra Adair are strong as the parents, Ida and
Drake. Christian Oyen, Maddie Duyan,
Maddy Biggs and Marley Oyen deserve special credit for not only playing the
ducklings but also the froglets, and other animals.
Dominic De Los Santos is a slippery, conniving Cat who is comically
thwarted on his continual quest for the perfect dinner, the large Ugly.
The vast supporting cast is a colorful assortment of liveliness with
standouts such as Alex Ziegler as Maureen, Henry Rhinehart as Greylag,
Mullen as Dot and Peter Viviani as Turkey. The comic duo of Alex Hazzard as
Lowbutt and Hannah Reams as Queenie score a highlight with It
Takes All Sorts. The
showstopper of the whole production is Katie Takorian as Bullfrog whose Warts
and All production number raises the roof.
OCHSA production of HONK!
featured students from the Integrated Arts Conservatory who were given their
chance to shine in this pleasant production. After escaping the Cat, Ugly is left on a journey to return
to his mother. Along the way he
meets Penny, a swan who knows that he wont be Ugly forever.
In the joyous finale, Look At Him, Ugly transforms into the handsome swan destined to live
happily ever after.
Performed May 6-8, 2010
~ Cast ~
Alex Hazzard - Lowbutt
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