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The Party of the Year

Children’s musical ‘Honk Jnr’ charms audiences at NIS’s new auditorium

 

The Party of the Year

 

Children’s musical ‘Honk Jnr’ charms audiences at NIS’s new auditorium

The students gave three enchanting performances of the musical, Honk Jnr,
based on the much-loved Hans Andersen tale of the Ugly Duckling.

Elena Edwards
To celebrate the opening of their newly built auditorium, Nakornpayap International School (NIS) students gave three enchanting performances of the musical, Honk Jnr, on March 26 and 27. Honk Jnr is based on the much-loved Hans Andersen tale of the Ugly Duckling, and is part of the Broadway Junior Collection, with music by George Styles and script and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. The staff and students had worked for weeks on the production, during which time the smart new building was being finished, with carpets being laid, the stage and lighting rig being set up and, finally, 4 days before the initial performance, the sound system being installed.

When the curtain finally rose on the first night, the audience of parent and friends of the school were treated to the sight of three large panels setting the scene for the first act, colourfully and imaginatively painted by the school’s art students. In front of the panels, plaited straw represented a nest, containing five eggs – four large and one huge – obviously about to hatch. And so, the much loved children’s tale began…and continued for two totally charming acts, at the end of which Hong Jnr became a swan and everyone lived happily ever after! Moments to note included every appearance by the Wicked Cat, intent on a roast swan main course, sinuously played by Ella Dendy, and any appearance at all by the lead character, Ugly, a very confused little cygnet with an identity crisis, played by Max Coombs. Another gem was the flight of ducks which Ugly joined when he ran away, the v-shaped formation enhanced by 2 trolley-dolly ducks and costumes which included airmen’s helmets and flight goggles. A flight of the producers’ imaginations, indeed! Performances of note were taking place all over the stage, including Ida, Ugly’s long-suffering mum, played by Dasol Im, a group of froglets and the Bullfrog, the Mother Swan, played by Clare Tuckson, and Ugly’s siblings, Beaky, Fluff, Billy and Downy. All the children obviously loved every minute of being on stage. For anyone who found the title, Honk Jnr, slightly confusing (this writer certainly did), all will have been made clear in the first scene, when the newly-born ducklings all said ‘Quack,’ and Ugly replied, very loudly, ‘Honk!’ It should be noted that, when the very first performances of Honk Jnr took place in 1993 in the UK, its original title was slightly different…‘The Ugly Duckling, or the Aesthetically Challenged Farmyard Fowl!’ Mmmm.

Congratulations go to everyone involved in this delightful show, the cast, the lighting and sound guys, the art students, and especially to the costume and set designers. It’s hoped that all future performances in the new auditorium will be as much fun and as much appreciated as was Honk Jnr!

Nakornpayap International School was founded in 1993, in order to address the identified need for a comprehensive, secular international school using a United States curriculum altered to suit the many cultural changes involved with an education system in South-East Asia. The school moved into new purpose-built facilities in March 2003; the new auditorium is the latest addition to the campus. The school is equipped with 3 separate buildings; Early Childhood Center, Elementary and Secondary School (also called Middle and High School). Included in the school is a science lab, a music room, a gymnasium and a 25 metre swimming pool. The self-contained Early Childhood Center houses its own indoor swimming pool, art room, canteen, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, nap rooms and multi-purpose rooms, and classrooms throughout the 3 buildings are fully air-conditioned. Nakornpayap has approximately 32 teachers working with 320 pupils from many different nationalities, with class sizes capped at a maximum of 20.

For further information, please visit the school’s website at www.nis.ac.th.

Bright costumes and wonderful set designs
complemented the performances of the young actors.