Honk! JR


Writers: Anthony Drewe George Stiles


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson
Number of Acts
First Produced
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
A small farm by the lake and the surrounding area
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Elementary School, Large Cast, Ensemble Cast, Middle School, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes child, early teen, late teen characters


Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, Honk! tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape but has no idea how to return home. Along his way, he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line. After saving her, the two birds fall in love. However, she must return to her flock and fly south for the winter. Eventually, Ugly’s mother finds him frozen in snow. Luckily, her warm tears manage to thaw him out and he comes back to life – as a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and two swans decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly’s loyal mother. *The Junior version of Honk is specially adapted for young performers-abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.

Lead Characters

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