ISHPEMING - It's a story you know, but maybe one you haven't seen in musical form before.
The classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of The Ugly Duckling is coming to the Westwood High School Auditorium this week for a production of Honk!
Although the musical has not been produced on Broadway, it did beat out The Lion King for best musical in the Olivier Awards, British version of the Tony Awards, said Westwood Director Tony Beacco.
Jarrett Davidson, 18, and Heather Brown, 18, taking the roles of Ugly and mother duck Ida, rehearse a scene from the musical Honk!, which will be performed at the Westwood High School Auditorium Thursday and Friday. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
"It's kind of an anti-bullying message," Beacco said. "It features many wonderful songs. There's some very funny moments throughout the show."
Born to a family of ducks, the family-friendly story follows Ugly through his adventures after he is rejected by his family, meeting a barnyard full of animals and a cat intent on eating him for lunch, only to find out in the end that he is a swan.
Playing the lead role is Westwood senior Jarrett Davidson, 18, who saw a production of Honk! when he was younger when a family member played one of the roles.
"It was really fun to watch," he said. "It teaches people not to judge. People can be different and nice at the same time."
"It'll be really fun to watch. Some good music to it as well."
Since Westwood did not produce a musical last year, Beacco said he hoped this year's production would revive the tradition at the school.
The production features a cast and crew of around 30 people, along with a live orchestra and a number of elementary school students filling the parts of the young ducklings. Rehearsals began in the beginning of March.
The show runs Thursday and Friday (April 19 and 20) this week at 7 p.m. at the Westwood High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.