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

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.

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)

You will be notified by email if you will be needed for Callbacks.
Prepare 32 bars (verse and chorus) of an uptempo song with accompaniment on a CD.  No music accompaniment on Iphones, Ipads or the Android equivalents since we do not have playback facilities for anything other than CD’s in the rehearsal hall.  Please do not sing pop songs, liturgical music, or country western.  In addition, please do not sing “Popular”, “Let It Go”, or “Good Morning, Baltimore”. Be prepared to dance.
Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Street parking available. Venice Family Clinic’s parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6 p.m. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.
May 13 through May 28, 2017 Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m., including 2 school show performances on May 16th and May 25th. School Shows will require actors to miss their morning classes, but they can receive community service credit.  Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances, including School Shows. This is non-negotiable!
Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, April 1 and are held Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only rehearsals where they are being used for a scene. Rehearsals will be worked around actors schedules as much as possible. However, if you are going to be out of town for 2 full weeks, you will probably not be cast.  As always, we consider homework a priority!
A picture (school picture or snapshot is fine), resume or list of shows done, and your conflicts for the rehearsal period. All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks.  Please check with your school choir/band/theatre director, your soccer/baseball coach, or any other adult who schedules your time, about all conflicts PRIOR to auditioning. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.



Female Roles

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.


Male Roles

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

Non-Equity, no pay
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