The NORDC/Crescent City Lights Youth Theater’s 2nd summer production, Honk! Jr., opens on Friday, August 24 at 7:30 pm. The production runs for six performances through September 2 at the NORD Ty Tracy Theatre, 545 St. Charles Ave.

Honk! Jr. is the school version of the adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytale, The Ugly Duckling, with music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Honk! (the original) won London’s 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical, beating Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. Comic and heart-warming, it is a musical to “quack” about for both children and adults, who will appreciate not only its timeless themes of self-discovery and acceptance, but also its witty lyrics and tuneful score. The musical is so inspirational in its message of acceptance and tolerance that the Ministry of Education in Israel has made it compulsory viewing for school children.

HONK! Jr. follows Ugly (Miguel Molina, age 10) whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors including his dad, Drake (Johan Lowe, age 12). Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat (Alaina McClue, age 14), Ugly must find his way home, with only his loving mother Ida (Erica O’Neal, age 13) searching for him. Along his harrowing yet hilarious journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. The cast, ages 9 to 17, includes Alexis Alexis, Rachel Bonura, Neiman Burrell, Jr., Tegan Cuthbert, Molly Gaffney, Sylvia Jones, Zion Lee, Isabella Miorana, Allie Norvell, Tyler Richardson, Mia Rodriguez, Lillian Villere, Gracie Walker, Zalayha Wilson and Eli Zitler.

ABOUT THE STAFF The NORDC/CCLYT production staff includes Julie Condy, producing director/music director, Bonnie Gabel staging director; Jamani Andrews, choreographer; Katie Schmidt, costumer; Edward R. Cox, scenic designer; and Mark Montalbano, lighting designer. A live band accompanies all performances with Michael Paszmant (piano), Michael Brothers (drums) and David Pulphus/Tarik Hasan (bass). 

DATES, TIMES AND PLACE Honk! Jr. runs for only 6 performances, August 24 through September 2 with shows on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Performances are held at the NORD Ty Tracy Theatre on the 1st Floor of Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave. (enter via Lafayette St.). Tickets are $15 general admission and available online at For more info or for group sales, contact 504-598-3800. Honk! Jr. is a fun show for kids of all ages (that means grown-up, too!)

The Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, a program of Stage to Stage, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, is dedicated to providing quality performing arts opportunities for young people while teaching them the life and job skills necessary for success in any field. CCLYT was just named the Best Kept Secret by the Downtown Development District with their inaugural Downtown Awards in 2012, has won major regional awards at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta in 2011 & 2012 and placed 3rd (among all adult groups) in the 2011 Louisiana AACT Theater Festival.

A partner organization with the City of New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, our current supporters include YOU, our audience, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education, the City of New Orleans, through Community Arts Grants, and by the State of Louisiana through Decentralized Arts Funds, both administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.