Arts and Entertainment

Local teachers bring talent to the stage in 'Honk!'

Heather Waugh, Terry Thibodeaux, Jeri Mahaffey and Ruth Bookwalter from Kent schools; Megan Black from Auburn schools; Tina Snyder from Tahoma schools and Sunshine Glynn from Federal Way schools are part of the Honk! cast. - Courtesy photo
Heather Waugh, Terry Thibodeaux, Jeri Mahaffey and Ruth Bookwalter from Kent schools; Megan Black from Auburn schools; Tina Snyder from Tahoma schools and Sunshine Glynn from Federal Way schools are part of the Honk! cast.
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For the Reporter

Talented school employees flocks to the stage in the award-winning musical tale of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" for six performances in March.

The Heavier Than Air Family Theatre's production of "Honk! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling" premiers at 7 p.m. March 21.

Performances continue Fridays and Saturdays through March 29 at the Green River Community College Performing Arts Building, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn.

Honk! uses charm and humor to tell the endearing story of an odd looking baby duck and his quest to find his mother.

Familiar cast members include teachers, para educators and staff from the Kent, Auburn, Tahoma and Federal Way school districts. Several of these school employees recently hosted a Musical Theatre Night in conjunction with the PTA at Lea Hill Elementary.

In addition to providing students with a workshop on the art of acting, singing and performing, the event allowed cast members to deliver Honk!'s message of tolerance in support of the anti-bullying campaigns widely featured at institutions throughout the state.

Not surprisingly, almost all of the educators who perform with Heavier Than Air Family Theatre during its main stage season have worked in the company's musical theatre camp held for five weeks each summer.

Instructors agree the camp and stage is a terrific outlet for their creativity, as well as a special opportunity to do what they do best – nurture the desire to learn in every child.

Terry Thibodeaux teaches third grade at Kent's Lake Youngs Elementary and plays Honk!'s lead character, "Ugly" the duckling. During the summer he directs the teen division of the popular camp and says that teaching and theatre complement each other perfectly, "Good teachers make good actors and good actors make good teachers ... the two go hand in hand."

Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. For tickets, call campus Student Life at 253-833-9111 ext. 2400 or visit www.heavierthanair.com.

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