For Immediate Release
The wonderful story teaches young audiences that what’s on the inside matters most!
July 24, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA. Waddle down to the barnyard and see the ugly duckling in a whole new light when Summer Stage opens “Honk, Jr.” Performances are August 6, 7, 8 at 10:30 a.m. and on August 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Summer Stage premiered Honk, Jr. in 2004 and it was the surprise hit of the season. Written by the people who created the new Broadway version of Mary Poppins, the show teaches that it is OK to be different and that we should judge people by what is on the inside, not by how they look.
The 70-minute performances of “Honk, Jr.” will take place on August 6, 7, 8 at 10:30 a.m. and on August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 – $10 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the Box Office: 610.622.1189. Children are invited to come early to the morning performances for fun pre-show activities and stay after all the shows to meet cast members. “Honk, Jr.” is ideal for ages four and up and free babysitting is offered for those who are too young to enjoy the show quietly. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill, at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. Parking is free.
“Honk” is a tale about a duck called Ugly (Danny Walsh of Aldan). Ugly is teased by his peers because of his appearance, leaving him no choice but to run away from home. His mother, Ida (Jacqueline Rooney of Springfield) searches far and wide trying to find Ugly, and along the way he meets a Bullfrog (Sierra Wilson of Upper Darby), dodges a blizzard and evades the frequent tricks of the Cat (Molly Kilker of Drexel Hill). In the end, Ugly transforms into a beautiful swan, but not before Penny (Emily Steele of Villanova) shows him that being different is not as bad as he thinks.
Director and Summer Stage veteran, Kevin Dietzler said, “ In recent years, too often do we find ourselves focused on image. Diet programs surround us at every corner and we are led to believe that if we don’t look a certain way we are not normal.” Dietzler continued, “Only one character sees Ugly for his true self throughout the show and that is his mother, Ida. In her we see the importance of a mother’s love when the world has seemingly turned its back on him.”
Audience members are encouraged to bring in new toys and teenage books for the “To Fill the World with Love” Toy/Book Drive. Contributors will eligible for a chance to win a train set provided by Bachmann Trains. Upper Darby Summer Stage is partnering with Bachmann Trains and the Delaware County Library System to benefit the young patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Drop-off bins will be located on site at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
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