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Albion musical carries a powerful message

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 March 2015 at 12:00 am

‘Honk!’ tells the story of the Ugly Duckling

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Nathaniel Trembley plays Ugly, a misfit rejected by his siblings for his unusual appearance. He is comforted by his mother, Ida (Cheyanna Eagle).

The musical will be performed in the Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

There are 72 students in the cast, stage crew and pit orchestra. The musical has a message of tolerance and highlights the harm of bullying, said director Gary Simboli.

Kyle Thaine plays the villain, a cat that wants to eat Ugly.

Some of the ducks include, from left: Matilda Erakare, Shannon Broda and Riley Seielstad.

Ugly’s siblings – ducks played by Victor Benjovsky, Matilda Erakare, Riley Seielstad and Shannon Broda – are unmerciful in ridiculing Ugly (Nathaniel Trembley).

Monica Benjovsky plays one of the crows.

Bethany Bowman plays a chicken named Henrietta, who enjoys gossip.

This photo from back stage shows the geese, who befriend Ugly.

Ida (Cheyanna Eagle) and Ugly (Nathaniel Trembley) sing a duet, “Hold Your Head Up High,” to close out Act 1.