See ‘Honk! Jr.’ at Issaquah Middle School

April 27, 2010

By Staff

When five eggs hatch under the guidance of a mother duck, it takes a strong one to raise them, especially when the fifth is the noisiest and most ugly of all ducklings seen.

Issaquah Middle School Squak Valley Players present “Honk! Jr.,” a play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” The show premieres at 7 p.m. April 30 with additional shows at 7 p.m. May 1, 7 and 8 at the school, 400 First Ave. S.E.

While Ugly doesn’t quite fit in — mainly because no one knows what he is — he becomes the center of attention in the barnyard.

“This show is very fun and inspiring,” student Priyanka Kompella said in a press release. “It teaches children that everyone is a little different.”

The touching story includes memorable characters — including two happening bullfrogs, a mom who reminds us about the joys of being a mother, a direction-plagued goose and a hungry cat who would like to make a meal out of Ugly — and a score by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles that really brings the barnyard to life.

“My experience in this play has been great,” student Josh Rudolph said in the release, adding that theater “teaches speaking skills and confidence. What an amazing experience.”

Tickets are $8 at the door.

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