Four April Performances Will Offer Musical Tale of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”

PHOTO: Rehearsal photo of Honk! Jr.MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Ugly, the principal character in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” will come to life on the Orange Hall Theatre stage for four shows in April as the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players offer “Honk! Jr.,” a musical retelling of Andersen’s cherished tale.

Although based upon a fairy tale, this production will provide a Broadway-style musical suitable for the entire family, not just young children. “Honk! Jr.” will open with two shows—2 p.m. and 7 p.m.—on Saturday, April 5 followed by single performances on Sunday, April 6 (3 p.m.) and Saturday, April 12 (2 p.m.).

The Apprentice Players, under the direction of Cynthia Topps for this production, will relay the story of Ugly, an odd-looking baby duck who is on a quest to find his mother. Soon after he is born, Ugly is lured away from his home by a sly tomcat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has no idea how to return home. What follows is an entertaining story of the interesting and rambunctious characters he meets along his way.

The show is choreographed by Jill Carroll, with musical direction by Amanda Williams. Music is by George Stiles. Lyrics are by Anthony Drewe. Stiles and Drewe wrote the music and lyrics for the popular Broadway musical, Disney's “MARY POPPINS.”

The “Honk! Jr.” cast of 15 includes Justin Randolph (at right in photo), Jordyn Peterson (at left in photo), Andrew Hankins, Shawn Schorno, Jackie Clark, Christine Pawlowicz, Jourdan Taylor, Sara Winer, Maria Gutierrez, Charity Buckbee, Sheila Glenn, Tim Mullally, Phil Cappadora, Kyle Bosch and Rick Gibbons.

Ticket prices for “Honk! Jr.” are: $12, general admission; $10, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $6, students; and free for active duty military personnel. For reservations, call (845) 341-4789. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4790.

Orange Hall Theatre, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. General parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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