The election is heating up and Duck really wants your vote

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: OWEN CAREY - Hogan Fritz as Duck and Joshua Stenseth as Farmer Brown in the barnyard.Oregon Children’s Theatre presents “Duck for President” Oct. 20 through Nov. 4 at the Newmark Theatre.

The play comes from the authors of “Click Clack Moo” and “Giggle, Giggle, Quack.” The musical features showy campaign numbers, barnyard election antics and great lessons about civics and responsibility.

Duck organized protests and taught the cows to type. He lobbied for vacations and won movie nights, now he’s running for the highest office in the land.

Fed up with farm chores, Duck decides to challenge Farmer Brown to an election, only to discover that being in charge of the farm is hard work. So he decides to run for governor — and then president — kissing babies and hitting the late-night talk show circuit along the way.

In the midst of a real presidential campaign, “Duck for President” offers a great opportunity to teach kids about civics. Oregon Children’s Theatre will run a mock campaign for Duck leading up to the production. Like real election campaigns, there will be campaign videos, news reports and interviews and likely a gaffe or two as Duck wades into the political waters.

Follow his progress and find out Duck’s stance on such issues as the environment, foreign policy (he recently met with a delegation of geese from Canada) and energy conservation at or on Oregon Children’s Theatre Facebook page.

The theater will conduct a straw pole at both school and public performances to teach children about voting. Kids will have a chance to use real voting stations to vote for actual presidential candidates and results will be announced on stage after each show. In addition, select school classrooms will work with the theater to practice presentation skills by writing and delivering their own campaign speeches.

The play is based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin. “Duck for President” is directed and choreographed by Kirk Mouser. The play stars Hogan Fritz as Duck, Emily Sahler Beleele as Pig, Joshua Stenseth as Farmer Brown, Ashlee Waldbauer as Hen, and Haley Ward as Cow. Musicians include Sam Foulger, Fletcher Nemeth, Mont Chris Hubbard. The production team includes Christopher Rousseau, Darcy White, Phil McBeth, Cameron McFee, Dani Baldwin and Crystal Potter.

The Newmark Theatre is located at 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland. Saturday performances are at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $30 for adults and $15 to $26 for children.

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