The Urbana High School Theatre Department will present its spring musical, "Honk!," a comedy version of the classic story of "The Ugly Duckling."
The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. May 5 in Cobb Auditorium.
The musical is the story of Ugly, a duckling who just doesn't look like his brothers and sisters. While Ugly's loving mother, Ida, warms up to him and embraces him for his differences, the other farmyard fowl ridicule him, leaving him driven into the arms of the Cat, who hopes to snack on Ugly.
As Ugly runs from the cat, he gets lost far from his home. He encounters some characters — a pompous military goose, a domesticated hen and her feline companion, a cheery bullfrog and a young swan — who teach him lessons that help Ugly see who he is on the inside and why outward appearance is not what matters.
The company is made up of more than 40 Urbana High students, a group of students from Wiley Elementary School and a few staff members from the high school. It is directed by Tim Broeker, along with vocal directors Erin Mueller and Jacob Goldstein, choreographer Meghan Laskos and technical director Breanna Morton.
"Honk!" was written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and earned the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for London's Best New Musical.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Discounts are available for groups of more than 20. For tickets, call 384-3505 and leave a voicemail or email firstname.lastname@example.org.