Students, family, faculty and friends will be flocking to Bronxville Middle School from May 10-11 for a special production of “HONK! JR.,” a contemporary and comic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.”
Directed by theater director Pamela Simpson, the show – which is based on the award-winning musical “Honk!” by composer George Stiles and author Anthony Drewe – features a dedicated group of middle school performers and crew members.
“We are pleased to present ‘HONK! JR.,’ an incredibly clever and fun show that will have audiences laughing but also leaving with a wonderful message of acceptance,” Simpson said. “I’m proud of the students’ hard work behind the scenes and onstage and look forward to celebrating this unique production with our school and the greater Bronxville community.”
“HONK! JR.” tells the story of Ugly, who hatches looking a bit different from his duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice, and despite his loving mother’s protective flapping, Ugly’s odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. When Ugly is separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, he must find his way home. Along his journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.
Performances are on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bronxville School auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online or purchased on site. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bronxville-middle-school-performing-arts-10644869111.