The story of the Ugly Duckling will come to life next week with Barn Lot Theater’s production of “Honk.”
The musical comedy is set to open Thursday and will be the theater’s first show of the season. However, it is not the first time the theater has presented the musical.
“We did it 10 years ago and we chose it because we wanted to showcase Noah [Chambers]. It’s his senior year. This is the Rising Star production,” said director Emily Coffey, who is also Chamber’s aunt.
Chambers, of Edmonton, plays the role of Ugly, a swan hatched from an egg in a duck’s nest.
The play teaches a moral.
“It’s all about accepting people and their differences,” she said.
Chambers had a role in the musical the first time the theater presented it.
“I was maybe 6 or 7 and I really wanted to be Ugly then, but of course I was too young so I didn’t get to do it and I was really upset,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play this role.”
Playing Ugly has provided Chambers with a different experience.
“He’s very alone throughout the show and I’ve never really been that way. I’ve always wanted to try something that’s not me,” he said.
Also playing a different type of role in the production from what he normally portrays is David Sullivan of Summer Shade, a home-schooled high school senior, who plays the role of the cat, which he describes as being conniving and evil.
“It’s been very fun to play a villain,” Sullivan said. “It’s fun to play a creepy kind of bad guy.”
Sullivan decided to audition after talking with a friend, who is also in the production.
“She knew I wanted to get back involved with theater again, so I decided to audition for this because I’d never tried a musical before and thought it would be an interesting experience,” he said.
Because it is his first musical, Sullivan has had to learn dances and how to be in time with music.
“It’s a little difficult for something I’ve never tried before,” he said.
Portraying Drake, the father of the ducklings, is Randy Byrn of Glasgow, who got involved after his daughter, River, 8, urged him to audition.
“My daughter, she’s one of the ducklings, she wanted to have speaking parts. She talked me into auditioning. We have had a blast,” he said.
River said it’s been fun to do plays with her dad.
Joining her in portraying the ducklings are: Coffey’s daughter, Hallee, 9, of Edmonton; Claire Wilson, 10, of Edmonton; and Ella Jones, 11.
Byrn doesn’t think people realize how much time and effort goes into putting together what is considered to be “a kid’s show.”
“It’s been a lot of fun to work with all of these people and there’s a lot of talent in the Barn Lot Theater group of people and I’ve enjoyed working with them,” he said.
For tickets, call 270-432-2276, or go to www.barnlottheater.org. Reservations are required. The play runs Jan. 16-19, Jan. 23-26. All show times are 7 p.m.
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