Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.!)
Announces Auditions for
All auditions are open calls, with notices posted in BackStage West, by email, and on our website. You may also call the box office for audition information, approximately 8-10 weeks before a show opens. To sign up for our Y.E.S. Audition email list, please click here.
Open Auditions for Ages from 8 – 18
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Music by George Stiles
Directed by: ANNE GESLING
Choreography by: EILEEN ODONNELL
Music Direction by: ZOE D’ANDREA
Produced by: TRACY SALTZMAN
Monday, March 27, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. (Stage)
Tuesday, March 28, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. (Stage)
No Appointment Needed. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.
CALLBACKS on Thursday, March 30, from 4:00 to 6:30pm. (Stage)
ALL ROLES EXCEPT STANLEY DOUBLE IN THE ENSEMBLE
Ida: age 14-18, soprano with good low range; 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 singing voice.
Maureen: age 14-18, alto, a moorhen and Ida’s best friend, 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.” Strong singer with solo work.
Dot: age 12-18, alto, 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.
Penny: age 12-18, voice open, 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 and will double in ensemble.
Grace: age 12-18, voice open, 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.
Henrietta: age 12-18, voice open, 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.
Mother Swan: age 12-18, voice open, Penny’s mother. She helps to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and offers to take Ugly with them when they migrate. She does not sing solo and will double in ensemble.
Ugly: age 14-18, baritone to F, 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. This actor must have virtually NO conflicts!
Drake: age 14-18, bari/tenor, 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.”
Greylag: age 14-18, baritone, 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.”
The Turkey: age and voice open, 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!
Father Swan: age 12-18, Penny’s father. He helps to console Ida when she thinks her son has dies, and offers to take Ugly with them when they migrate. He does not sing solo and doubles in ensemble.
Male or Female Roles
The Cat: age 12-18, 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.
The Bullfrog: age 12-18, 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.
Jay Bird: age open, 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.” Doubles in Ensemble.
Ensemble: Ages 8 – 18
Ducklings: ages 8-11, voice open, 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.
Barnacles, Snowy, and Pinkfoot: age open, The geese in Greylag’s “squad.” They join in singing “Wild Goose Chase.” Good singers.
The Farmer, the Boy and the 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.
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. Good singers and dancers.
Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Anne Gesling at email@example.com.