Musical is a celebration of being different

KALAHEO — Tickets are on sale for “Honk, Jr.” which opens 7 p.m. Friday at Kalaheo Elementary School.

The musical presentation is the story of the Ugly Duckling by the Kalaheo School Drama Club directed by Marly Madayag.

“These student actors — 38 for Honk, Jr. — are dedicated, hard-working, and passionate about musical theater,” Madayag said. “They come during recess, after school, and on weekends — to work.”

Honk, Jr. will run on Friday, Saturday, and on May 5 and May 6 starting at 7 p.m. in the Kalaheo School cafetorium. Wendy Casillas, a stage mom, said there will be an additional Sunday matinee show on May 7 starting at 2 p.m.

“This is new, this year,” Casillas said. “We’ve never had matinees before, but because a lot of the young people go to bed early, we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the students’ talent.”

Madayag said she has been inspired by the students’ willingness “to be brave, and to take bold chances with their acting.”

“Honk, Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of being different,” Casillas said. “Ugly, played by fifth grade student Nyla Davis, looks quite different than her brothers and sisters. The other farm animals are quick to notice and point out these differences as Ida, the mother duck played by fifth grade student Aubrey Bechard is quick to protect Ugly.”

This leads to an adventure of self discovery where Ugly outwits a very hungry cat played by fourth grade student Erin Hunt.

The Kalaheo School students invite everyone to see how being different is not a bad thing.

The production crew encourages people to come early, enjoy the food booth and looking over the silent auction items.

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