Auditions

Honk! Jr

Audition Information


Call-Backs

Friday, April 12 4:00-6:00 pm

CPHS Fine Arts Entrance

Call-Backs are invitation only

A Callback invitation does not indicate having or not having a role in the show.

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Crown Point Summer Theatre Production. This year’s production will be the musical Honk! Jr. Given that it is a musical, the audition will require singing and dancing. If needed, call-backs will involve reading and additional singing. Our hope is to creatively cast as many actors/actresses from all age groups in skill and age appropriate rolls. We hope this production becomes a CP summer tradition and are excited to see how it changes and grows in the years to come.

Audition Information

    • Please submit your completed online audition application before arriving at auditions.
    • The audition application will require you to submit a “headshot” of the student auditioning.
    • Please be clear and specific about other time commitments as casting and rehearsals may be influenced by those commitments.
    • To complete the online form, students must be logged into their CPCSC Student Google Account.
    • If you are having issues with the online form, we will be able to help you during the scheduled audition times.
    • All audition & casting information will be distributed via our website – www.cphstheatre.com.


Audition Requirements: Singing and Dancing

Singing

Music for you to prepare for auditions is provided below. An accompanist will be provided, but will only accompany those singing the provided audition songs from Honk! You are welcome to sing something else unaccompanied.

"Look at Him" (male or female)- pdf | vocal track

"Every tear a Mother Cries" (female)- pdf | vocal track

"Different" (male or female)- pdf | vocal track

Dancing

We will also provide a video of a dance we would like you to learn. There will be a high school dancer available to assist with choreography as well. Dance Video | Dance Music

Steps for Learning the Choreography

  1. Watch the Dance Video Closely- Watch the video a few times to get a good idea of what the dance will look like.
  2. Start learning the moves. Study the video, try one move, and look at the video again to see if you're doing it right. Then do the move with the video. For complicated moves, slow down or pause the video. Make an attempt at the move, even if it's not very close, and refine it until you do get the move. Mirrors are helpful! Do this for each move, one at a time.
  3. When you have a section of moves worked out, do them together. Look at how each move flows into the next. Make sure you don't have any 'dead periods' where you're not doing anything. This usually means that there's more to the moves before or after the dead period, or that the moves take a little longer.
  4. Once you've learned all the moves, polish them. This means going back through the video and making sure you're doing everything exactly right, or as close to perfect as possible. Dance with the video; consider using a mirror to videotape yourself so you can compare.
  5. Practice! The better you learn the dance, the easier it will be and the more awesome it will look. Practice it over and over again until you don't have to think about what you're doing. Use the audio track to practice without the dance instructions.

After Auditions

Call-Backs (If Needed) - Friday, April 12th – CPHS Auditorium

    • 4:00-6:00
    • Call-Backs are invitation only
    • Call-backs will be announced on the website only.
    • There will be no individual emails or phone calls

Cast List Posted

    • The cast list will be posted sometime around April 14th if call-backs are required. If call-backs are not required, the cast list will be posted sometime around April 9th.
    • The cast list will be announced on the website only
    • There will be no individual emails or phone calls about casting.

Mandatory Parent & Performer Meeting

    • Monday, April 22nd ~ 7:00-8:00 P.M.
    • CPHS Auditorium

Production Information

● Rehearsals will begin the week of April 29th – Rehearsal schedule TBD.

● The rehearsal schedule will be tight and even tighter in June. Other time commitments (including vacations, sports, etc.) will affect casting. Please consider all time commitments prior to auditioning.

● Summer Theatre Camp is completely separate from this production. Students are welcome to do both.

Performances - Thursday, June 13th & Friday, June 14th @ 7:00 P.M. @ CPHS Auditorium

Please email Kit Degenhart with questions - kdegenhart@cps.k12.in.us

Musical Synopsis

Adapted for young performers, and with a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins), Honk! JR. is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! JR. will treat your audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

Roles

Ducklings

Beaky, Fluff, Billy, Downy are Ugly's siblings - cute little kid types. They are among the "popular" ones in the duck yard who enjoy making Ugly feel left out. They sing as a group.

Ugly

The ugly ducking and the main character of HONK! JR. Innocent, easily confused and very impressionable, Ugly doesn't understand why it is wrong being different. However, his insecurities melt away as his character gradually changes from a gullible duckling to a wise swan, filled with self-esteem. He is the heart and soul of the show. He must be a strong singer and good actor.

Gender: Male

Ida

Ugly's mom. Ida is extremely protective of her son and committed to his safety. She is sweet but feisty, and she knows how to handle her husband, Drake. After Ugly is lured away from the barnyard by the Cat, Ida is determined to find him. Ida and Ugly's relationship is a key ingredient of the show. She is the one who teaches him that it is OK to be different. Ida sings several solos, and therefore she should have a strong soprano singing voice.

Gender: Female

Drake

Ida's husband. Drake is a sarcastic character. He is the stereotypical sitcom father - often shirking his parental duties. Drake finds Ugly quite repulsive and isn't afraid to say it to anyone, including his wife. He should have good comic timing and a strong singing voice. Drake opens the show singing "A Poultry Tale."

Gender: Male

Maureen

A moorhen and Ida's best friend. (Originally found on the moors, a moorhen is a hen that lives near the water.) Maureen genuinely loves Ida, but she can't resist a bit of good gossip. To the little ducklings, she is the typical annoying and overly affectionate "aunt." Maureen sings "The Joy of Motherhood" with Ida, so she should also be a strong singer.

Gender: Female

The Cat

The sly, cunning villain of the show. All of the other animals are deathly afraid of him. He is manipulative, cunning, witty and above all, HUNGRY. The Cat pretends to be Ugly's friend so he can eat him. The actor playing this role (which could be played by a male or a female) should bring a sense of fun to the character and have a good sense of comic timing. He sings a few songs, but his character allows for many of the lyrics to be "talk-sung." Improv skills are a plus.

Gender: Any

Greylag

A somewhat pompous goose and washed-up British military type, Greylag tends to over glorify his mundane activities (i.e. migrating South) to the level of military operation status. Only his wife, Dot, truly knows how to handle him. He sings a solo in "Wild Goose Chase."

Gender: Male

Dot

A motherly type, she is genuinely concerned with helping Ugly find his mother. Dot doesn't think that Greylag, her husband, is an entirely capable leader, but she kindly humors his "over the top" actions. She sings solo as well as with Greylag in "Wild Goose Chase." Good singer.

Gender: Female

Barnacles

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.

Gender: Any

Snowy

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.

Gender: Any

Pinkfoot

The geese in Greylag's "squad." They join in singing "Wild Goose Chase." Good singers.

Gender: Any



The Bullfrog

A laidback, self confident frog with whom Ugly comes into contact in the second half of the show. The frog cheers Ugly up with his/her song, "Warts and All." Optimistic and funny, he/she is a stand up comedian type of character will suited to someone with good improvisational sills and comic timing. This role can be played by a male or female.

Gender: Any

Penny

The young, beautiful swan that Ugly saves from a tangled fishing net. She is able to see beyond Ugly's looks and she loves him for who he is. She does not sing solo.

Gender: Female

Father Swan

Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.

Gender: Male

Mother Swan

Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.

Gender: Female

Berwick

Penny's family. They help to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and they offer to take Ugly with them when they migrate. They do not sing solos.

Gender: Any

Grace

The most distinguished duck on the lake. Very aristocratic, she is considered the queen of the duck yard. All of the other animals look up to Grace and respect her. She, of course, is quite aware of this and is therefore a little bit haughty.

Gender: Female

The Turkey

The headmaster of the ducklings' school. The Turkey is a bit snobbish and joins in the fun of teasing Ugly. There is of course one word that send shivers down his spine - THANKSGIVING! The Turkey does not sing solo.

Gender: Male

Henrietta

A hen and another of Maureen's friends. Henrietta and Maureen gossip about the goings on in the duck yard. She takes great pleasure in making fun of Ugly. Henrietta does not sing solo.

Gender: Female

Jay Bird

An investigative reporter. A very "in your face" bird, all she/he cares about is getting a good story. She/He is the typical TV news personality who one would find on a reality TV show like "America's Most Wanted." She/He reports a story about Ugly's disappearance. Note: If this character is played by a female, the name can be changed to "Maggie Pie."

Gender: Any

The Farmer

The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.

Gender: Any

Boy

The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.

Gender: Male

Girl

The only humans in the show. They are never seen by the audience, only their voices are heard. These voices may be pre-recorded or said live from backstage during the show.

Gender: Female

Ensemble

The remaining actors in the company play a number of different roles. Throughout the action of the play they take on roles as barn yard animals, geese, children at play, froglets, and part of the Blizzard scene.

Gender: Any

Sign into your CPCSC google account to view the audition form or use your school chromebook.

All student emails are username@students.cps.k12.in.us