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'Honk' lands at Three Stages in Folsom starting July 6

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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Love, acceptance, and a super-happy ending. Who would expect depth and emotion from a musical named ?Honk!?, but that?s exactly what viewers will get when ?Honk, Jr. ? The Ugly Duckling Musical? opens at Three Stages on July 6. An El Dorado Musical Theatre production featuring youth, ages 6 to thirteen, the show will include a cast of more than 100, with a talented chorus and teen principal characters who can?t be beat. But it?s a combination of story and outstanding acting that will assure theater patrons leave with more than they bargained for. ?The cast really had to dig in to their characters for this show,? said director and choreographer, Kat Bahry. When Ida, the mother duck, played by Kelly Maur and Madison Sykes, has to leave her ducklings to go and find ?ugly?, the girls really learned the emotions and conflict that a mother would have when leaving her children behind.? EDMT staff members aren?t the only ones who love the story. ?Honk! The Musical? is based on an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson?s ?The Ugly Duckling.? The show debuted in London?s West End in 1999 and won the Olivier Award for best musical, which is Britain?s award that is comparable to New York?s Tony Award. ??Honk? beat out ?The Lion King? and ?Mama Mia? in London, and the creators also wrote the new music that appeared in the Tony-winning stage version of ?Mary Poppins,?? Bahry said. Members of the audience who are expecting lots of chicken feathers may be disappointed. The show wasn?t meant to be a cutesy kid creation. The writers meant the show to be filled with characters who embodied nuances of animals? characters, but not be dressed head to toe in beaks and wings. ?The creators wanted actors to be dressed as humans with an animal essence ? to put on a show with emotional depth for audiences of all ages,? Bahry said. Bahry choreographed ?Mulan,? an EDMT favorite, as well as other musicals, but this is her first time directing an EDMT show. A new director, and the exciting musical that hasn?t been performed in the Sacramento area before, are a perfect match. ?When EDMT chose this musical, I knew it was a good choice,? Bahry said. ?Because it hasn?t been done locally, and because it has a great message.? Debbie Wilson, EDMT?s artistic director, agrees. ?What I love about this show is that there?s so much heart. Plus, there are a lot of fun, crazy musical numbers,? Wilson said. Bahry said the take-home message is the story tells people it?s OK to be different. ?With all the bullying and mistreatment going on in the world, this story not only tells us it?s ok to be different, it tells us to embrace our differences ? not to simply tolerate them. People are going to walk away with a smile on their faces, and hopefully a bigger place in their hearts for their fellow man,? Bahry said. For more entertainment features and news, follow us at facebook.com/folsomtelegraph. * * * Know and Go What: ?Honk, Jr. ? The Ugly Duckling Musical? Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Thursday-Saturday, July 6-22, check website for times Tickets: $12 to $25 Info: threestages.net or edmt.info