Zachary Smith–Michaels, who played the lead of “Ugly,” helped to distribute rubber duckies, “So you can remember you’re a masterpiece. That’s what we hope you got out of the show,” he said.
The Creative Arts Services Team (CAST), led by Ian Evans and Sharon Jackson, performed “Honk!” before an appreciative crowd in the Pavilion. The CAST team included Belen Baigorria, Paula Baigorria, Alivia Bender, Bradley Egan, Macaira Furman, Sarah George, Ryan Livingston, Oracia Morris, Olivia Renkel, Chelsea Rice, Smith–Michaels and Jonathon Shaffstall.
The production was under the direction of the Arts Ministries Bureau, led by Carol Jaudes.
Anna Street was the director, with Laura Danette in charge of choreography and Major Hollie Ruthberg handling costumes.
“Honk!” was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.”
The CAST team toured the Eastern Territory this summer performing the play and teaching children about the arts.
Sarah George, who is studying to be a teacher, said spending the summer ministering to children was a delight.
“Just bringing kids to Christ is something that really touches my heart personally,” she said. “Children in general, anything I can do to help them grow, and especially grow in the Lord, is really the reason that I did it.”
George, who played Ugly’s sister and other roles in the musical, also loved the message of “Honk!”
“It shows that no matter what we look like on the outside, when we have God in our hearts, God loves us and it’s what’s on the inside that really matters the most,” she said.
“The concept that, even if you’re a little different, there’s still a place for you and God still loves you is such a beautiful message,” he said.
“It’s been amazing because kids have really seemed to latch on and get it.”
by Robert Mitchell