Kempenfelt Community Players is pleased to present the Young Company Production of their 2012 – 2013 season, HONK! Jr., at Barrie’s Georgian Theatre.

With book and lyrics written by Anthony Drewe and music George Stiles, it is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Ugly Duckling”. There is plenty to love about HONK! Jr. with its delightful characters and a memorable score, this musical features Ugly, a rejected and odd-looking baby duck who finds himself separated from the farm and his mother.

HONK! Jr. celebrates being different, a very timely message considering the headlines of today. Bullying is the most significant theme presented: Ugly is tormented for being different. Yet, along his journey to return home, he discovers the power of true love and acceptance. He also meets a sly tomcat and other barnyard creatures you won’t forget!

“Honk is a wonderful reminder that we need to accept others for who they are and that being different is okay, a message that we hope the audience will take home and apply to their everyday lives” said Janet Ness, Director. “We are really excited to have such a talented group of young performers to put on this fantastic broadway-style show of the Ugly Duckling.”

The talented ALL-YOUTH cast of HONK! Jr. includes Liam Bidmead (Ugly), Nicole Graham (Ida) and Kelly Hay (The Cat). KCP’s first production of the 2012-13 season will be directed by Janet Ness and produced by Sandra Ballantyne and Laurie Falconi. The Director of Music is Chris Ness and the Choreographer is Kieren Day.

Farmyard fun for the whole family, there is plenty to love about HONK! Jr. with its delightful characters and lively music! HONK! Jr. is a unique and heartwarming musical of inner beauty, tolerance, love and acceptance; perfect for audiences of all ages.

HONK! Jr. will be performed at the Georgian Theatre, November 9 – 11, 2012. The run of HONK! Jr. consists of 7:00 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students, and senior citizens. A rate of $16 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens is available to groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling KCP Box Office at 705.739.4228 or by visiting the KCP website

HONK! JR. is made possible through strong community partnerships and sponsorships. Key sponsors include: Rhubarb Media, the Barrie Examiner, B101, FM93, Kwik Kopy, Rogers TV, The City of Barrie and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

KCP is a community theatre group that has performed live musicals in Barrie for over 30 years. Our fall young company production nurtures and develops young performers and brings the magic of theatre to students and families. Our winter full company production integrates performers of all ages and brings the excitement of Broadway to Barrie. Our spring studio ensemble production is adventurous and contemporary, offering new opportunities for our members and audience to grow.

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