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Corbett stages the Ugly Duckling musical, 'HONK!'

Production offers themes of acceptance


Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Corbett Performing Arts Club is opening its season with 'HONK!' next Friday, Nov. 14.

The Corbett Performing Arts Club is presenting “HONK!,” the musical version of the “Ugly Duckling” story, opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Corbett Schools’ Multipurpose Room.

This is the second year of the new Corbett Performing Arts Club.

Directed by Katherine Zieman, the production features 40 students, from preschoolers in their very first production to seniors finishing their high school careers.

George Stiles and Anthony Drew’s award-winning musical made its debut in London in 1993.

It has since been produced around the world on many different stages and in a variety of languages.

Clare Dearixon, a Corbett junior, plays the Mother Duckling, Ida. “She’s always sticking up for Ugly and telling her ducklings that it’s what’s inside that matters, not what we look like,” Dearixon said.

Added Jordan Fahlman, a Corbett Middle eighth-grader playing Ugly, “It’s about how cool and awesome you are on the inside.”

Tenth-grade Corbett student Victoria James plays Her Grace, a pompous and proper woman who always has to be right and speaks for everyone else. James said the play has a message that you can change over time.

Producer Holly Dearixon said one of the goals for the club this fall was to get students involved in all aspects of the show, including the program, poster and T-shirt design and photography. The club also brought back alumni to serve as acting coaches.

Corbett junior Jake Enemark created this fall’s play poster and said it was nice to feel appreciated for his artistic abilities in addition to acting in his role as Drake, the Father Duckling.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - 'HONK!' features a cast and crew of 40, and centers on the musical story of Ugly Duckling, played by eighth-grader Jordan Fahlman, pictured in the back left.

IF YOU GO

What: Corbett Performing Arts Club presents "HONK!"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 and 21; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and 22.

Where: Corbett Schools Multipurpose Room, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Tickets: $10 for adults; $7 for children and seniors; children 4 and younger get in free; checks and cash are welcome, but the club cannot accept credit card payments.

Info: 503-261-4273.

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