THEATER: Family-friendly musical ‘Honk!’ sends message of tolerance

Squalicum High School’s drama department presents “Honk!,” Anthony Drew’s and George Stiles’ family-friendly musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” at 7 p.m. May 28-30 and 2 p.m. May 30 at Squalicum High’s Forum Theater, 3773 E. McLeod Road.

Club adviser Daniel Ruiz directs the play, with assistant director Hannah Rants. Musical direction is by Andy Marshall and Kay Reilly. Choreography is by Tina Perona and Anita Samoylovich is assistant choreographer.

The play sends a message of tolerance and acceptance of others, with a jazzy score and a colorful array of barnyard animals (or rather humans dressed in the “essence” of those animals).

On a farm in the countryside, Ugly the swan is mistaken as a duckling upon falling into his mother’s nest. He looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point that 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 flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.

Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, $5 for those 10 and younger. Details: 360-676-6471.