Honk!

Ida surrounded by her brood in the Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble production of “HONK!” Clockwise from the top: Ethan Davis (Ugly), Lizzy Phalen (Downy); Isaiah Mateas (Billy); Hayley Finetti (Ida); Emma Jacobs (Fluff), Luke Cannon (Beaky). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ghostlightte.org/main-stage-honk.html.

Since it first hatched in 1993, “HONK!” has winged its way around the world with over 8,000 productions. Winning multiple awards, including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical, this fun and heartwarming tale of celebrating the acceptance of what’s different offers a universal story with meaning for everyone. The talented cast, bouncing score and creative choreography are sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

“There are so many things I love about HONK! The show is truly unique, as it enables all of the performers to take on character roles with distinct mannerisms and personalities,” said Director Chris Finetti. “The overall aesthetic we’ve created is something that I’m really proud of, especially for a small community theatre out here in the Brentwood area. There are some wonderful songs that will stick with you long after you’ve left the theater.”

The standout cast includes Ethan Davis (Ugly), Hayley Finetti (Ida), Emilio Lopez (The Cat), Scottie Tsubota (Drake), Bart Schneider (Bullfrog), Celeste Pacheco (Maureen), Chuck Phalen (Greylag; Turkey), Wendy Rodriguez (Dot; Cardinal), Nicole Daamen, MD (Queenie; Pheasant), Corey Navarro (Lowbutt), Luke Cannon (Beaky), Emma Jacobs (Fluff), Isaiah Mateas (Billy), Lizzy Phalen (Downy; Gosling), Tori Gregory (Penny; Gosling), Abigail Phalen (Henrietta), Jennifer Greenfield (Grace), and John Ruzicka (Jay Bird; Father Swan; Rooster), supported by an ensemble that brings the duck yard to life.

“This show offers something for everyone and is suitable for all audiences,” said Helen Dixon, artistic director. “Our July 20, 1 p.m. matinee is a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance intended for audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities or other special needs. Families with young children might also want to choose this performance.”

Performances will be held in the Theatre at Edna Hill, 140 Birch St. in Brentwood, on July 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., July 14 and 21 at 2 p.m., and the special sensory-friendly performance will be on July 20 at 1 p.m. Seating is limited, so reserving seats in advance is highly recommended.

Tickets are $24 for general admission, $22 for seniors 60+, $18 for students and $12 for children 11 and under. Tickets for the July 20 sensory-friendly 1 p.m. matinee are $5 off standard prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ghostlightte.org/main-stage-honk.html.

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