2005-11-03 / News

Don’t duck out of this JCT musical

By Mary S. Wright, artistic director, Jamestown Community Theatre

Don’t duck out of this JCT musical

In a week, Jamestown Community Theatre will begin performances for its November musical, “HONK!”

We have had announcements and ads in the newspapers and many of you already have purchased tickets, but now, for those of you undecided, here are reviews of the original production in England, then some others from the U.S.A. Please read them carefully, and then decide if this show is for you.

Personally, I think you will miss out on a grand time in theater if you aren’t an audience member for this wildly entertaining show.

“Imagine the colour and wit of Disney’s Jungle Book, mixed with the vivacity of 40s Hollywood musicals, exuberantly staged. . . shockingly Brilliant. . . .” — Time Out, London

“HONK! is an enchanting comic musical packed with sparkling wit, brilliant design, a memorable score . . . Terrific Fun. . . .” — Evening Standard, London

“A deliciously ticklish entertainment for thinking children and sophisticated adults.” — Mail on Sunday London

“Utterly delicious. . . . One’s feathers stand on end with joy.” — The Independent, London

“Exuberant smash hit. . . .” — Daily Telegraph, London

“Do yourself a favour this Easter holiday and head for Honk! at the New Theatre. Even better, take the kids with you. After all, it is meant to be a family show, but I’ll bet adults will get just as much out of it. You see, it’s that kind of show. The kids will love the music, colourful designs and ingenious staging. You’ll love the over-their-heads humor.” — South Wales Echo

“The mark of a good musical is that it can take what, on the face of it, appears to be unpromising material, then turn it into theatrical gold.” —Sheffield Telegraph

Last year, “HONK!” fought off all its West End rivals to scoop the much-coveted Laurence Olivier Award for best musical.

“‘HONK!’ is not a show to duck.” — The Boston Phoenix, reviewed by Carolyn Clay.

“‘HONK!’ run...swim...or fly to see it. Well, let’s start off by saying if you miss ‘HONK!’ at North Shore Music Theatre, you are missing one of the best new shows out there. Let’s wrap it up and just say I LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!!!” Written by Mike C., Talkinbroadway.com

“A Charmer ‘Honk!’ . . . one of the most charming . . . a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon . . . music was light — people spanning all generations in the audience seemed to love it. From the buzz at intermission and after the performance, ‘Honk!’ is an enormous triumph. I could not find one person who wasn’t smiling or bubbling about the show.” — Reviewed by Jenn, Talkinbroadway. com.

“Jamestown Community Theatre is presenting the award winning show ‘Honk!’ Don’t duck out; buy tickets now! Visit with friends and relatives in the barnyard, as the players perform as fowl, fish, and feline on stage at the Jamestown Community Center. You don’t want to miss out and feel a bit “fowl” yourself.” — Reviewed by yours truly, Mary S. Wright.

Performances are: Friday, Nov.11, Saturday, Nov.12, Sunday, Nov. 13, Family Night on Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18, Saturday, Nov. 19, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee is at 4 p.m.

There will not be a performance on Sunday, Nov. 20, but the Thursday, Nov. 17, performance at 6:30 p.m. will be a “family performance” with all tickets costing $5.

Tickets are on sale now at Baker’s Pharmacy, the Secret Garden, and Conanicut Marine srvices in Jamestown, at Pleasant Surprise in Newport, and at Midnight Sun in Wickford.

Tickets cost $12 for adults if purchased ahead of time and $15 at the door. For seniors 65 and over and children 12 and under, tickets cost $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

On Family Night, tickets will cost $5.

There will be a special free show for seniors on dress rehearsal night, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. A Community Theatre member will hand out all tickets for that performance to seniors who frequent the meal site at the Jamestown Senior Center.

Enjoy the show!

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