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HONK! A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling

December 6, 2011 - January 1, 2012

Music by George Stiles
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER

After he is lured away from his home by a wily Cat, an odd-looking baby duck named Ugly goes on a quest to find his mother. With the help of new friends that he meets along the way (including a comical troupe of geese and an ebullient bullfrog) his journey home becomes an adventure—and an exuberant celebration of being different! This tuneful, witty retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is an enchanting comic musical for the entire family.


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INFORMATION ON SCOUT WEEKEND 2011

Scout Weekend Flyer

Scout Weekend Request Form

 

Theater Etiquette - Student Matinees

Hans Christian Andersen bio

The Story House Book: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, Adapted by Sebastien Braun

HONK Crossword Puzzle

HONK Wordsearch

Primary School Students - Questions

Middle and High School Students - Questions

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Artists

Amanda Butterbaugh*
Amanda Butterbaugh*

Grace, Dot, Lowbutt, Bewick

Amanda Butterbaugh is thrilled to be back on stage for the first time in nearly nine years, and even more thrilled to have it be her Two River debut. Her New York credits include Off-Broadway: Nunsense/Nunsense II (Sister/Amnesia). Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Dames at Sea (Ruby), Peter Pan (Peter), Once Upon a Mattress (Fred), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), The House of Blue Leaves (Little Nun), Almost September (Molly), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), The Fantasticks (Louisa), and many more. She dedicates her performance to Granzie, Michael, Conor, and Fiona.

Laura Diorio
Laura Diorio

Downy

Laura Diorio, an 8th grader in Middletown, played Dina in Life in the Middle (Young Voices) and was part of the voiceover session for A Thousand Clowns, both at Two River. She has studied for the past four years at Count Basie’s Performing Arts Academy and has been seen there in many showcases (including as Glinda the Good Witch), and she performed in the Basie’s Summer of Love concert. She was MC at her school’s Variety Show, and is featured on Joe Piscopo’s upcoming album New Jersey. Laura played the title role of Peter Pan and Gretel in The Sound of Music at her elementary school. She continues to take acting and vocal classes and thanks all of her teachers for their guidance. She thanks her family for their love and encouragement.

Owen Doherty
Owen Doherty

Billy

Owen Doherty is thrilled to be performing in his fourth production at Two River Theater. Owen is 12 years old and attends 7th grade in nearby Rumson. He has been performing since he was five years old in such productions as Oliver!, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, and Peter Pan among many others all over New Jersey. He is an avid piano player and plays clarinet and vibraphone with his school advanced and jazz bands. He loves singing our national anthem for civic events and has performed “America the Beautiful” at the US Open tennis tournament for the past five years. Owen would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting him in his theatrical and musical endeavors.

Aymee Garcia*
Aymee Garcia*

Maureen, Snowy, Queenie, Mother Swan, Voice of Old Woman

Aymee Garcia is honored to be able to share the stage with such a beautiful, talented, and dedicated cast and crew. She is even prouder to be a part of such an irreverent and important tale. Broadway/national tour: Shrek the Musical (Mama Bear, Gingy, and Dragon u/s), Avenue Q (u/s Kate Monster, Mrs. T, and Christmas Eve), Les Miserables (Madame Thenardier). Television: It’s a Big Big World (PBS, Smooch). Film: Striptease (Marcy, cockroach-eating temp). Dedicated to anyone who has ever been bullied. Hold your head up high. Thanks to Matt Pfeiffer for letting me be part of your cool gang for a bit and to Two River Theater Company for such an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Michael Genet*
Michael Genet*

Turkey, Barnacles, Bullfrog, Father Swan

Broadway: A Few Good Men, Hamlet, Northeast Local, Lestat. Off-Broadway: A Soldier’s Play, The Colored Museum, Resurrection, Earth and Sky, Seven Guitars, The Oedipus Plays, Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Television: Deadline, Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, All My Children, As the World Turns, New York Undercover, Journey's End, Law & Order: CSI, One Life to Live. Film: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Booty Call, Let It Be Me, Stranger Among Us, Simple Justice, Presumed Innocent. Writing Credits: Hallelujah (American Playhouse), She Hate Me (w/Spike Lee, Sony Pictures Classics), Talk to Me (FOCUS Features), for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.

Doug Hara*
Doug Hara*

Cat

Doug Hara is a veteran ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company where he has participated in 16 productions since 1991 including Metamorphoses, West, Arabian Nights, Up Against It, The Master and Margarita, Lookingglass Hamlet and The Brothers Karamazov. Previously at Two River: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, Charlotte’s Web and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Arden Theatre: A Prayer for Owen Meany, Lookingglass Alice, Something Intangible, Three Penny Opera, Go Dog Go! and Sleeping Beauty. Broadway: The Boys of Winter, Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Lookingglass Alice. Doug has performed with many companies and regional theaters including the Goodman, About Face Theatre, Jellyeye Drum Opera, Huntington, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Alliance, Syracuse Stage, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Joyce Theatre. Doug lives in Lambertville, New Jersey with his wife, Kirstin and daughters, Lyra and Harper.

Kenita R. Miller*
Kenita R. Miller*

Ida

Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Xanadu (Erato/Kira Cover), The Color Purple (Celie), Dessa Rose (Dessa), Langston in Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston, Drama Desk nomination and Audelco Award). National Tours/Regional: The Color Purple, The Civil War, Woody Guthrie American Songbook, Ragtime (Sarah), Once On This Island (Ti Moune), Ragtime in Concert in Cardiff, Wales (Sarah). Film/TV: Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me (Sundance), Sesame Street. www.kenitamiller.com

Paolo Montalban*
Paolo Montalban*

Ugly

Paolo Montalban is best known as the Prince in the ABC/Disney TV movie Cinderella opposite Brandy. This past year, he’s played the King of Siam in The King and I in Hawaii, Mike Masaoka in a workshop of the new musical Allegiance, a cast member of the State Farm National Convention in Las Vegas, and a soloist in the Suites by Sondheim concert at Alice Tully Hall. Broadway: Manjiro in Pacific Overtures, Lun Tha (u/s performed) in The King and I. Off-Broadway: Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), The Romance of Magno Rubio. Regional: Flower Drum Song, Duncan Sheik’s Nero, The Boys from Syracuse, The Long Season, Love Inc. TV/Film: Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat: Conquest (TNT series), supporting and featured roles in One Life to Live, Law & Order: SVU, Live from Lincoln Center: Camelot, Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, Just Wright, The Great Raid, American Adobo. He’s performed as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony and in Lea Salonga’s concert at Carnegie Hall. Gratitude to the creative team and his agents at DGRW and Atlas Talent. Much love to his family, especially Bella and Gabby, and although she’s not a bird…Otter.

Jim Newman*
Jim Newman*

Drake, Greylag, Voice of the Farmer

Broadway: Original companies of Curtains (Parson Tuck), Minnelli on Minnelli (myself) and Steel Pier (Happy); also Sunset Boulevard and The Who’s Tommy. Encores: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Millard). 1st National Tours: Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun), Big (Josh Baskin), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond (Levi.) Off-Broadway: Lucky Guy (G.C. Wright), Almost Heaven (John Denver), NEWSical (George Bush/Osama Bin Laden), Destry Rides Again (Destry), A Good Swift Kick and Up Against It (NYSF.) Television: The Tony Awards (1997 and 2007), Hope and Faith, All My Children, One Life to Live, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Magic of Music on NBC, and The Name Game on Nickelodeon. Film: Out of Sync with L.L. Cool J and The Big Gay Musical.

Olivia Oguma*
Olivia Oguma*

Henrietta, Maggie Pie, Pinkfoot, Penny

Broadway and National Tour: Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Disney’s High School Musical. Off-Broadway: BFE (Playwrights Horizons); The Dispute (NAATCO); Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lortel). Regional: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill & Philadelphia Theatre Co.), Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theatre & Actors’ Playhouse), Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Center Stage), The Skin of Our Teeth (Bristol Riverside), BFE (Long Wharf; CT Critics Circle Award, Best Debut Performance), High School Musical 2 (Atlanta TOTS), High School Musical (World Premiere, Atlanta TOTS & Pittsburgh CLO). TV: Han on Showtime’s The Big C, Law & Order, As the World Turns, All My Children, The New Electric Company. Film: Strangers with Candy: The Movie; Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Flamingo Rising. Recent workshops: Eve Ensler’s I Am an Emotional Creature (NYS&F) and Wild Swans (The Public). Olivia is also a visual artist specializing in decoupage and a nanny specializing in cute babies. Abundant thanks to my amazing Mom. Lots of love to my Otter, incognito as duckling.

Julian Sarin
Julian Sarin

Beaky

Julian Sarin is making his theatrical debut in Honk!. He’s in the third grade and is happily engaged in his eight-year-old’s lifestyle. He loves animals as well as humans. A natural performer, Julian put his thoughts into song as soon as he could speak and he’s now learning to play the guitar. Julian has twice attended Two River’s Summer Ensembles program and he is thrilled to be part of the Honk! experience.

Gabriella Scerbo
Gabriella Scerbo

Fluff

Gabriella Scerbo, making her Two River debut, is “eggstatic” to be one of Ugly’s siblings. She has appeared in Scrooge, Celebrate Broadway, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Premier Theatre in Asbury Park, and in Annie, Jr. and The Music Man, Jr. for iTheatrics in NYC. A graduate of Red Bank’s Barbizon School, she will be signing with Generation Model Management in NYC following her performance in Honk!. She is a dedicated dancer and enjoys many different classes at NJDC. She thanks her teachers there, especially Ms. Mary for helping her find her voice. Special thanks to Erica Siegel and “Crystal Snowflake” for instilling a love for the performing arts, and her awesome family and friends for all their love and support.

Multimedia

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Links

Scout Day 2011 Flyer

Scout Day 2011 - Request Form

HONK! Title Page

HONK! Character and Song List

Press

Press Release | Features | Reviews
Press Release

November 17, 2011 - TWO RIVER THEATER PRESENTS THE OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING HONK!: A MUSICAL TALE OF ‘THE UGLY DUCKLING,’ A CELEBRATION OF BEING DIFFERENT FOR AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES

November 18, 2011 - TWO RIVER THEATER PRESENTS DIA DE LA FAMILIA, FEATURING LIVE SPANISH-LANGUAGE TRANSLATION OF ITS HOLIDAY MUSICAL, HONK!, ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 AT 4PM

Features

November 3, 2011 - The Philly Inquirer | philly.com, A.D. Amorosi

December 5, 2011 - Upper WET Side, Tom Chesek

December 7, 2011 - RedBankGreen.com, Tom Chesek

December 9, 2011 - Asbury Park Press, Tom Chesek

December 9, 2011 - The Star-Ledger, Peter Filichia

Reviews

December 13, 2011 - The Star-Ledger, Peter Filichia

December 19, 2011 - Scene On Stage, Phil Dorian

December 23, 2011 - TalkinBroadway.com, Bob Rendell

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