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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


(Kiara Teunissen, Emma Divine, Anna Teversham with Kirsten Lee at the back. Photo courtesy of Ocean Driven Media)

Honk! Junior is a musical for the whole family based on the much-loved children's story The Ugly Duckling"

Honk! Junior tells the story of a little duckling that isn’t quite like the others. Along his rollicking and sometimes scary journey to find his “home,” Ugly not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Since it first hatched in 1993, Stiles & Drewe’s musical Honk! has been a worldwide stage sensation that has been seen by over five million people and winged its way around the world in over 8,000 productions. Honk! has won multiple awards including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical (beating The Lion King and Mamma Mia for the prize). Witty, hilarious, and deeply moving, Honk! Junior will treat audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Its charm, humour and message of tolerance is perfect for every audience.

This show is staged by the local performing arts school, Rising Star Academy. This is the second year the Academy has opened its doors to students and non-students to perform on a professional stage. Honk! Junior will feature a cast of 25 talented young performers, from Durban and surrounds, aged 10-18 years.

Production director Gillian Brunings indicated that the show has a strong message regarding the acceptance of people’s differences. “Being different can be hard,” said Gillian. “This production shows kids and parents that differences can be beautiful and, no matter what “someone out there loves ya warts and all”, to quote a line from the show.”

Honk! Junior runs at Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban High School, from September 5 to 8 at 19h30 with further performances on September 9 at 13h00 and 17h00. Tickets R70 booked on 031 277 1570 or