Honk! set to wing in next month
LOHS takes on childrens tale for musical
Lake Oswego Highs November production of Honk! featuring a flock of duck and swan songs flies into town next month.
Director Bob McGranahan said the Lakers latest musical is different than usual because its for kids, and his student actors have not taken on a childrens show since Suessical in 2010. Although kid-friendly, there are jokes and some double entendres that may cause adults in the audience to crack up, McGranahan said.
It is a very family-friendly, anybody-could-come-see kind of show, he said.
Honk! is based on the childrens classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, but there is character development and a more involved story as well as vibrant and melancholy tunes. A swans egg ends up in a ducks nest, and the little cygnets different looks repulse his duckling siblings until his true nature is revealed when he reaches maturity.
Themes of tolerance and loneliness are threaded throughout the story of Ugly, the funny-looking duckling, as evinced in the tune Different in the show: Im just different from the rest/And who can blame them wanting me/To find another nest?
Every character in the show is fun, McGranahan said. Even the Cat, who wants to eat Ugly, hes a lovable villain. They are all lovable characters, and I think thats part of what makes (the musical) fun to do.
Senior Steve Rathje, who plays Ugly, said his character gets to go through quite a story arc, and it feels very fulfilling for Ugly to eventually learn who he is, not just that he is a beautiful creature.
Junior Thomas Curran, who plays Bullfrog, said Rathje sings Different awesomely.
Curran said the musical boasts a positive message.
Even if youre different, its OK because there are great things about you, Curran said.
Senior Lacey Doby, who plays a chicken named Lowbutt, loves the vibrant excitement of the musical.
We can pump a whole lot of energy into it, Doby said. Its all a bunch of bright colors and big movements, kind of in your face but with a deeper meaning. ... Its a brilliant show.
McGranahan said he was dubious when he first heard about Honk! But, writer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewes 1993 sensation won him over, and McGranahan is not the first to find the fowl show fabulous. Honk! earned an Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000.
The music is good, McGranahan said. Its very Sondheim-esque. Its a lot like Into the Woods, although not as dark.
McGranahan said his students are rehearsing hard for their many Honk! performances.
All the kids, literally, all of them, everyone in the chorus, everybody with lines theyre all doing great work, he said.
How to attend
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 16, 21 and 23; matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23
Where: LOHS auditorium, 2501 SW Country Club Road
Tickets: Available at the door: $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children 5 and younger
For advance tickets, visit lodrama.org.
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