Auditions for the 3rd – 8th grade production, Honk! will occur on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:15-5:30pm with callbacks on Friday, December 4th, 3:15-4:30pm. These will be held in the Rainbow Theater. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5:30pm beginning January 5th. The performance dates will be March 11th & 12th. The K-2 Grade drama program (show TBA) will begin April 15th.
Shea Salyer is pleased to accept the role of director of Villa’s Youth Theater Program. Shea majored in Theater at Smlth College and has been teaching drama and filmmaking to youth since 1996. She has taught at Bush School, International School, Woodland Park Zoo, Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children, Morningside Academy, and Madrona Elementary.
Shea welcomes any feedback from students and parents about previous theater productions as she strives to make this year’s after school theater program the best it can be.
Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles (of the British songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe). Aimed primarily at children and their parents, the musical is set in the countryside (originally “a backwater of England”, although American productions usually relocate this to the U.S.). The story features Ugly, a duckling who discovers his inner beauty when he becomes a swan, his tearful mother Ida, a drake who “ducks” his fatherly responsibilities, a gaggle of comical geese, a sly, French tomcat who wants to befriend Ugly so he can eat him, a wisecracking bullfrog, and other barnyard creatures, together with a great many “fowl” puns.