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Books and Lyrics By:
Anthony Drewe

Music By:
George Stiles

Directed By:
Stacey D’Angelo

The season began with Honk! by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, based on the Hans Christen Andersen story of The Ugly Duckling. Honk! follows the story of Ugly, a unique kind of fowl, as he strays from his home on the farm. He meets an interesting array of new friends, avoids the threat of a hungry Cat, and discovers that being different isn’t bad, it’s just…different.

Honk! was a collaboration between Japan’s Cue Arts and Phamaly Theatre Company, with support from the Nippon Foundation. Honk! featured two guest performers with disabilities from Japan, Ken Kanokozawa and Hiroko “Koji” Higashino. The cast and crew traveled to Japan in early February for two special performances at the Toshima-Ku Art and Culture Theatre in Tokyo.

Cast and Crew

Production Team

Director : Stacey D’Angelo
Choreographer: Colleen Mylott
Music Director: Martha Yordy
Scenic Designer: Nicholas Renaud
Costume Designer: Rachel Finley
Lighting Designer: Shannon McKinney
Props & Shadow Puppet Designer: Erin Banta
Puppet Designer: Cory Gilstrap
Production Manager: Annie Jacobs
Production Stage Manager: Darion Ramos


Ugly – Adam Johnson
Cat – Sam Barraso and Kanoken “Ken” Kanokozawa
Ida – Erin Schneider
Penny/ Duckling – Hiroko “Koji” Higashino
Drake – Toby Yount
Turkey/ Bullfrog – Jacob Elledge
Greylag – Kevin Pettit
Queenie/ Duckling – Miranda Ireland
Dot/ Grace – Amber Marsh
Lowbutt/ Duckling – Shannon Sauer
Maureen – Kathleen Traylor




A piece created by our Japanese Partners
A promo of our Japanese Performance

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