Honk! Jr.

Honk Jr. is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable of the ugly duckling. It is a celebration of what makes us special, a celebration of being different. The story is funny and sad, charming and heartbreaking.

Ugly looks different from his brothers and sisters. Others on the farm notice this and make him feel bad about himself. As the story continues Ugly finds himself pursued by a hungry cat while on his adventure of self-discovery. On his journey he meets a whole “flock” of unique characters. Yes, the characters are creatures/animals found on a farm.

The story is about any of us who have been teased, left out, not picked for the soccer team…. just left behind. And…. we have all gone on a journey discovering what makes us unique and the very person we are.

We dance, sing and play baseball. We write, play the flute and take amazing photographs. We walk alone sometimes…and we make life-long friends.

Auditions

Wednesday, August 15th
or
Thursday, August 16th

Ages 6-grade 5 6:00-7:00
Grade 6 to Age 18 7:00-8:00

7 Church Street
Greenville Manor
Greenville RI

You do not have to attend both auditions!

 

Rehearsals for Honk! JR. will be held on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30, Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30, and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45.

Performances will be November 2 and 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

Audition Needs

For your audition reads and sheet music please see below. Sheet music, character breakdowns, and age limits for each character are also included in the audition packet, which can be downloaded here.

Our music director, Mr. Eric, will also be teaching Middle School & Elementary Students the opening of A Poultry Tale at auditions if you are unable to learn a song on your own.

If you are auditioning for a lead it is best to try to learn the song for your character.

You will be taught a brief dance at auditions.  Everyone must learn the dance and will audition in small groups.  Please wear comfortable clothing and jazz shoes or sneakers.

Ducklings (Age 6-12)
Beaky, Fluff, Billy, Downy are Ugly's siblings - cute little kid types. They are among the "popular" ones in the duck yard who enjoy making Ugly feel left out. They sing as a group.

Ugly (Age 10-18)
The ugly ducking and the main character of HONK! JR. Innocent, easily confused and very impressionable, Ugly doesn't understand why it is wrong being different. However, his insecurities melt away as his character gradually changes from a gullible duckling to a wise swan, filled with self-esteem. He is the heart and soul of the show. He must be a strong singer and good actor.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Ida (Age 13-18)
Ugly's mom. Ida is extremely protective of her son and committed to his safety. She is sweet but feisty, and she knows how to handle her husband, Drake. After Ugly is lured away from the barnyard by the Cat, Ida is determined to find him. Ida and Ugly's relationship is a key ingredient of the show. She is the one who teaches him that it is OK to be different. Ida sings several solos, and therefore she should have a strong soprano singing voice.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: F4

Drake (Age 13-18)
Ida's husband. Drake is a sarcastic character. He is the stereotypical sitcom father - often shirking his parental duties. Drake finds Ugly quite repulsive and isn't afraid to say it to anyone, including his wife. He should have good comic timing and a strong singing voice. Drake opens the show singing "A Poultry Tale."
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Maureen (Age 13-18)
A moorhen and Ida's best friend. (Originally found on the moors, a moorhen is a hen that lives near the water.) Maureen genuinely loves Ida, but she can't resist a bit of good gossip. To the little ducklings, she is the typical annoying and overly affectionate "aunt." Maureen sings "The Joy of Motherhood" with Ida, so she should also be a strong singer.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: G#4

The Cat (Age 13-18)
The sly, cunning villain of the show. All of the other animals are deathly afraid of him. He is manipulative, cunning, witty and above all, HUNGRY. The Cat pretends to be Ugly's friend so he can eat him. The actor playing this role (which could be played by a male or a female) should bring a sense of fun to the character and have a good sense of comic timing. He sings a few songs, but his character allows for many of the lyrics to be "talk-sung." Improv skills are a plus.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Greylag (Age 13-18)
A somewhat pompous goose and washed-up British military type, Greylag tends to over glorify his mundane activities (i.e. migrating South) to the level of military operation status. Only his wife, Dot, truly knows how to handle him. He sings a solo in "Wild Goose Chase."
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A4

Dot (Age 13-18)
A motherly type, she is genuinely concerned with helping Ugly find his mother. Dot doesn't think that Greylag, her husband, is an entirely capable leader, but she kindly humors his "over the top" actions. She sings solo as well as with Greylag in "Wild Goose Chase." Good singer.
Gender: Female

Barnacles (Age 6-12)
The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.
Gender: Both

Snowy (Age 6-12)
The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.
Gender: Both

Pinkfoot (Age 6-12)
The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.
Gender: Both

The Bullfrog (Age 10-18)
A laidback, self confident frog with whom Ugly comes into contact in the second half of the show. The frog cheers Ugly up with his/her song, "Warts and All." Optimistic and funny, he/she is a stand up comedian type of character will suited to someone with good improvisational sills and comic timing. This role can be played by a male or female.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Penny (Age 10-18)
The young, beautiful swan that Ugly saves from a tangled fishing net. She is able to see beyond Ugly's looks and she loves him for who he is. She does not sing solo.
Gender: Female

Father Swan (Age 13-18)
Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.
Gender: Male

Mother Swan (Age 12-18)
Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.
Gender: Female

Berwick (Age 12-18)
Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.
Gender: Both

Grace (Age 12-18)
The most distinguished duck on the lake. Very aristocratic, she is considered the queen of the duck yard. All of the other animals look up to Grace and respect her. She, of course, is quite aware of this and is therefore a little bit haughty.
Gender: Female

The Turkey (Age 12-18)
The headmaster of the ducklings' school. The Turkey is a bit snobbish and joins in the fun of teasing Ugly. There is of course one word that send shivers down his spine - THANKSGIVING! The Turkey does not sing solo.
Gender: Male

Henrietta (Age 12-18)
A hen and another of Maureen's friends. Henrietta and Maureen gossip about the goings on in the duck yard. She takes great pleasure in making fun of Ugly. Henrietta does not sing solo.
Gender: Female

Jay Bird (Age 12-18)
An investigative reporter. A very "in your face" bird, all she/he cares about is getting a good story. She/He is the typical TV news personality who one would find on a reality TV show like "America's Most Wanted." She/He reports a story about Ugly's disappearance. Note: If this character is played by a female, the name can be changed to "Maggie Pie."
Gender: Both

The Farmer (Age 12-18)
The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.
Gender: Both

Boy (Age 10-18)
The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.
Gender: Male

Girl (Age 10-18)
The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.
Gender: Female

Ensemble (Age 6-18)
The remaining actors in the company play a number of different roles. Throughout the action of the play they take on roles as barn yard animals, geese, children at play, froglets, and part of the Blizzard scene.
Gender: Both

Character NameSong TitleSheet MusicTrack (With Vocals)Track (Without Vocals)
UglyDifferent: Beginning to mm30
(Up to "If you somehow know your ego takes a knock")
DifferentDifferent (With Vocals)Different (Without Vocals)
IdaThe Joy of Motherhood: Beginning to mm50
(Up to "living in style!")
Joy of MotherhoodThe Joy of Motherhood (With Vocals)The Joy of Motherhood (Without Vocals)
DrakeA Poultry Tale: Beginning to mm30
(Up to "Folk down on the farm")
A Poultry TaleA Poultry Tale (With Vocals)A Poultry Tale (Without Vocals)
CatPlay with Your Food: mm14-30
("You can.." until "game called lunch")
Play With Your FoodPlay With Your Food (With Vocals)Play With Your Food (Without Vocals)
BullfrogWarts And All: Beginning to mm31
(Up to "Just around the corner")
Warts and AllWarts and All (With Vocals)Warts and All (Without Vocals)
GreylagWild Goose Chase: mm5-33
(Up to "Our air display must start")
Wild Goose ChaseWild Goose Chase (With Vocals)Wild Goose Chase (Without Vocals)
Other/
Ensemble
A Poultry Tale: Beginning to mm30
(Up to "Folk down on the farm")
A Poultry TaleA Poultry Tale (With Vocals)A Poultry Tale (Without Vocals)
To find the read for your character, click here. Click on Audition Central on the right side of the page, then scroll down to the character you are auditioning for and choose script for your read.