Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hello to all cast and family of "HONK",
from Mrs. P-

I am still catching up on my sleep, my house work and my clean-up from the cast party, but I wanted to take a moment to say "thanks" one more time. You were such a great group to work with and the parents were so supportive and helpful, it made my director's job very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

You should all be so proud of what you accomplished this summer. No matter how many shows you are in, each one is different. And as we know...different is OK. You can learn something new from each show that you do. So, 'Hold your head up high' and 'Believe in yourself'!
You are all SWANS!!

I have a few 'lost and found' items at my home, so if you are missing any of the following, please call or stop by to pick them up. I will leave them on my front entry-way for a few days.
- a bag of clothes (mostly green)
- a bag of clothes (mostly white)
- a pair of sunglasses
- several Tupperware containers
- an oval plastic serving tray
- two green MCS water bottles
- an 'autographed' program (mostly black marker)
- a (Swiss army knife-like) gadget that was left on the sound cabinet back stage

We are also missing a Nintendo DS with a 'Littlest Petshop' case cover, that was thought to be in Mrs. Meredith's music room.

I hope that you all will have an enjoyable last 3 weeks of summer and don't forget to keep in touch with your new TMP friends. You never know where these friendship will lead.

Blessings to all,
Susan Pendergast

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The last four days!!!


Wed 8/12 - A NIGHT OFF!! Enjoy and please rest!!

Thurs 8/13 - 6:00pm Full Dress Rehearsal (HAIR AND MAKEUP)

Friday 8/14 - Opening Night! Call is at 5:00pm Call for Fish/Frogs is at 6:00pm
Curtain at 7:00 pm

Saturday 8/15 - Show - see above

Sunday 8/16 - Matinee - Call is at noon. Call for Fish/Frogs is at 1:00pm
Curtain at 2:00 pm
Cast Party at Mrs. P's house AFTER STRIKE

Please bring ONE beverage and THREE food items for the refreshment table. Thank you.
Call (518) 852 - 4099 with questions.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Updates for the Home Stretch!

As we near the final week of this adventure we call "Honk!" I just wanted put post a few reminders and updates.

But first, last night was the first time I have seen the show from start to finish. I was so proud! Thank you all for your hard work! Let's put the finishing touches on for these last 5 rehearsals.

Schedule updates:
Thur 8/6 - Everyone is needed to run "trouble spots". We will begin with announcements and notes at 6:30.
Bring your DVD $ and order sheets tonight!!

Next week remains as posted below.

A note on contributions for the refreshment table:
Each family is asked to please bring three food items (one for each show)(homemade or bought - it doesn't matter) and one drink (just one, not one for each show) (soda, juice, lemonade)(purchased) for the weekend of the show.

I will have typed out the list of volunteers to remind you of what you signed up for, and what your responsibilities would be.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Schedule for 8/3 - 8/16

Rehearsal Schedule: (all rehearsals @ MCS High School Auditorium)

Starting Monday 8/3 - we will run the show in order.
Please arrive on time and be ready to go.
Mrs. P will be on vacation - Mrs. Meredith and Ms. Pendergast (Kate) will run rehearsals.
6:30 - 9:30 ish
Mon 8/3 - Run Whole Show
Tue 8/4 - Run Whole Show
Wed 8/5 - TBD (work dances, songs, trouble spots)
Thur 8/6 - Dress Rehearsal (no makeup)

Mon 8/10 - 6:00 pm Dress Rehearsal (no makeup)
Tue 8/11 - 6:00 pm Full Dress Rehearsal (HAIR AND MAKEUP)
Wed 8/12 - Run trouble spots - Cast On Call
Thurs 8/13 - 6:00pm Full Dress Rehearsal (HAIR AND MAKEUP)

Friday 8/14 - Opening Night! Call is at 5:00pm
Call for Fish/Frogs is at 6:00pm
Curtain at 7:00 pm

Saturday 8/15 - Show - see above

Sunday 8/16 - Matinee - Call is at noon.
Call for Fish/Frogs is at 1:00pm
Curtain at 2:00 pm
Cast Party at Mrs. P's house AFTER STRIKE

Call (518) 852 - 4099 with questions.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Schedule for July 20 - 31

All rehearsals are at the MCS HS Auditorium unless otherwise noted

Monday July 20 - Act 2, Scenes 3, 4, 5 Blocking
NO Fish/Frogs
NO Ducklings

Tuesday July 21 - Act 2, Scenes 2- 6 Blocking
Fish/Frogs - 6:30 - 7:30

Wednesday July 22 - Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:30
All others 7:30 - 9:30

Thursday July 23 - (Elementary School) Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:30
Soloists only - 7:30 - 9:30

Saturday July 25 - Duck Pond Fundraiser! Middleburgh Arts & Crafts Festival
9:00 am into afternoon. Lawn of High School

Monday July 27 - NO MORE BOOKS! (Everyone is to be "off book", meaning lines and songs memorized by this rehearsal)
Full Run of Act 1

Tuesday July 28 - Full Runs of Act 2
(Parents - bring a glue gun for Frog Hat assembly!)

Wednesday July 29 - Full Run Act 1
(during the day - set/costume barn work - help appreciated)

Thursday July 30 - COSTUMES DUE! (Everyone is to bring their full costume)
(Elementary School) Full Run Act 2

Friday July 31 - Promotional Night with the Summer Band - High School Lawn 7:30 pm

Calling all Timothy Murphy Playhouse Alumni!

This year marks the 15th TMP musical production! If you have been in any of the previous shows, we need your help.

We are compiling a list of all past cast members for a “Where are They Now?” spot in this year’s program. If you have continued your involvement in theater in any way, please let us know. If your life has gone in a different direction, we want to know that, too. Maybe you can share with us how your experience in TMP has helped you in your school or work experience. For example, maybe you were able to control your nerves before a big interview or speech, or maybe you won a trivia contest because you knew that the town of Gary is in Indiana.

We are also planning to use some of this information for a publicity article in local papers.

You can submit your information in one of the following ways:
§ Email Betsy Meredith: betsymeredith@gmail.com
§ Post your info as a comment to this posting
§ Post your info on the Timothy Murphy Playhouse Face Book page

Please share this request with you others so that we can hear from as many people as possible. This year’s show is “Honk!” on the weekend of August 14, 15, and 16. Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Rehearsal Schedule 7/13 - 7/16

(all rehearsals @ MCS High School Auditorium unless noted)

Monday 7/13 - Act 1, Scene 1, 3, & 4 and Act 2, Scene 2 Blocking -
Drake, Turkey, Henrietta, Ida, Cat, Grace, Ducklings, Ugly, Maureen, Maggie Pie, Duckyard Chorus, Greylag, Dot, Goslings
NO Fish/Frogs

Tuesday 7/14 - Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 2, Scene 1 Blocking-
Cat, Ugly, Queenie, Lowbutt
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Wednesday 7/15 - Full Cast Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Thursday 7/16 - (Elementary School) Full Cast Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Call (518) 852 - 4099 with questions.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Rehearsal Schedule 7/6 - 7/9

Rehearsal Schedule:(all rehearsals @ MCS High School Auditorium unless noted)

Monday 7/6 - Act 1, Scene 1 Blocking - Drake, Turkey, Henrietta, Ida, Cat, Grace, Ducklings, Ugly, Maureen, Duckyard Chorus

Tuesday 7/7 - Act 1, Scene 3 Blocking- Drake, Turkey, Henrietta, Ida, Grace, Ducklings, Maureen, Maggie Pie, Duckyard Chorus
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Wednesday 7/8 - Full Cast Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Thursday 7/9 - Full Cast Music
Fish/Frogs 6:30 - 7:15

Call (518) 852 - 4099 with questions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rehearsal Schedule 6/30 - 7/2

June 30 - Read through - no fish/frogs

July 1 - Music: Warts and All, Poultry Tale
(fish/frogs - 6:30 - 7:15)
(adults - 6:30 - 9:30)

July 2 - Music: Hold Your Head Up High, Warts and All
(fish/frogs - 6:30 - 7:15)
(adults - 6:30 - 9:30)

All rehearsals this week are in the MCS High School Auditorium

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rehearsals To Begin

Get your ducks in a row!
It's time to start rehearsals!!

Beginning on Monday June 29th and continuting right on through until the show (Aug 14 - 16)!

Rehearsals will run Monday - Thursday evenings
from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Middleburgh Central School. Most rehearsals will be held in the High School Auditorium. (the exception being the following Thursdays: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 when rehearsal will be in the Middleburgh Elementary School.

The cast list will be posted as soon as it is finalized!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Auditions are TONIGHT!

Auditions are tonight (Tuesday June 16) and tomorrow (Wednesday June 17) at Middleburgh Elementary School! 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria.

Bring a friend! It's so much fun!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A list of Characters for "Honk"

This is a basic list of the characters needed for Honk!
Of course based on turnout, we may be differing slightly from the descriptions.

Name Gender Vocal Part Age Range Role Type
Drake: Ugly's father male baritone adult supporting
Ugly: Gawky and odd-looking male tenor 16 – up lead
Cat: sly and cunning, hungry male baritone 16 – up lead
Bullfrog: Laidback,confident frog male baritone adult supporting
Ida: Ugly's Mother female alto adult lead
Greylag: Admiral Goose male baritone adult supporting
Maureen: Ida's friend female alto adult supporting
Queenie: Very Domesticated Cat female mezzo 16 – up supporting
Lowbutt: Very Domesticated Hen female mezzo 15 – up supporting
Dot female mezzo adult supporting
Henrietta: Neighbor female mezzo adult
Penny: A beautiful Swan female mezzo 16 – up supporting
Ducklings: Ugly's siblings N/A Children chorus
Farmer: Voice Only male spoken adult cameo
Grace: Most distinguished duck female 16 – up cameo
Old Woman: Voice Only female spoken adult cameo
Mother Swan/Father Swan adult cameo
Maggie Pie/Jay Bird: Journalist N/A adult cameo
Geese: Greylag’s wife and flock N/A 7 – up chorus
Turkey adult chorus
Farm animals, fish, froglets N/A Children chorus

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Audition Information

Timothy Murphy Playhouse announces auditions for their summer production of the musical "Honk!". Auditions will be held Tuesday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 17th at Middleburgh Elementary School, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm each night. It is not necessary to prepare materials ahead of time and only necessary to attend one night of auditions. Some actors and actresses may be asked to return for "call-backs" on Thursday, June 18th. Roles are available for adults and children.
"Honk!" is an award-winning musical based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of The Ugly Duckling. "Even though this show is based on a children's tale, there are wonderful roles for adults and we are certain that the message of acceptance conveyed in this show will speak to everyone." says Producer Sarah Bramer. This year's production, the 15th for Timothy Murphy Playhouse, is being directed by MCS music teacher Betsy Meredith and CRCS music teacher Susan Pendergast and choreographed by Cairo-Durham music teacher Sarah Misenhimer Clermont.
For more information call (518) 852-4099 or find our group on Facebook!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A few video clips from "Honk!"

These links will take you to videos of a few of the numbers from "Honk!"





A Synopsis of "Honk!" - this summer's show

In the London season featuring the appearance of "Mamma Mia" and "The Lion King," "Honk!" became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical" by The London Daily Telegraph), "Honk!" is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.


The beginning of a glorious summer's day out in the country. Standing in the sunshine is a small farm behind which is a lake with thick beds of cattails. Drake, a proud father-to-be introduces us to "A Poultry Tale." His wife, Ida, and the rest of the farmyard residents join in the telling while Cat hides behind cattails eyeing the duck eggs in Ida's nest which he hopes will make a savory dinner. As the assorted animals rush offstage in a flurry, Ida remains to tend her nest of four blue eggs and a curious looking large--quite large-- brown one. She's bossy and irritable after tending the eggs for such a long time and complains to Drake about her cramped quarters and his unwillingness to shoulder some of the burden. After Drake beats a hasty exit, Ida sings affectionately about "The Joy of Motherhood" with a neighboring hen, Maureen. They exchange observations on the anguish and happiness of bearing children just as the eggs start cracking. Four perfectly respectable ducklings emerge from the four perfectly respectable eggs. After Maureen coos over the newly hatched ducklings, she goes off in search of Drake to break the good news. While the wide-eyed newborns yearn to explore their new world, mother Ida strictly lays down a few laws for her young charges.
Drake returns to meet his new children just as Ida realizes that the large-- quite large-- egg has yet to hatch. Though Drake tries to convince her to leave it and join him and their ducklings for a swim, Ida insists on staying with her unusual, unhatched egg. Drake joyously races the children down to the lake for their first dip while Ida resumes her position in the nest. Ida, alone, contemplates the last remaining egg and broods about why this one is so "Different."
There is a chipping sound. There is a cracking sound. Ugly, a large, brown ungainly bird, waddles out of his shell while lifting Ida on his shoulders with an ignominious "honk!" He can't quack like the others. He is much larger than the others. She worries that Ugly is indeed a turkey but he allays her fears when he doesn't react to the word "Butterball" and is eager for a swim. Though at first taken aback by her unusual child, Ida hugs her duckling and all is well between mother and son. They make their way to the pond for his first swimming lesson.
Ida instructs Ugly of the various joys and dangers of swimming and that the most important thing is to "Hold Your Head Up High." Soon Ida realizes that Ugly is an amazing swimmer; better and faster than even she is. He is eager, exhilarated and joyous until he meets Drake and the ducklings on shore. They humiliate the awkward parvenu with "Look At Him." Ida tries desperately to defend Ugly but the ducklings, the neighboring animals and even his father, Drake, taunt and tease him unmercifully. Cat disguised as the duck's school photographer with a camera and tripod has his eye on Ugly, a fine specimen of a bird who would make an even finer dinner. The ducklings pose for a class photo as the Cat/Photographer continues his ruse. Grace, a duck so lovely she is honored with a red band around her webbed foot, meets Ida's new offspring and congratulates her...but only on the perfectly respectable ducklings.
Ugly suffers further humiliation from the members of the barnyard when they gather for a taste of French bread thrown in the pond. He is crowded out and unable to share in the French bread feast. Alone, hungry, and miserable Ugly laments his fate of being "Different" as the devious Cat sidles up to him, commiserates, and convinces Ugly to join him for "lunch" in his den. When Ida realizes her youngster is missing she organizes a search.
Cat and Ugly arrive in the conniving feline's kitchen. Cat prepares his delectable repast la a Julia Child's cooking program. He encourages Ugly to "Play With Your Food" as the innocent but hungry duckling joins in- never realizing he's cooking his own goose. By chance, a baseball whizzes into Cat's lair and strikes him on the head. When the Boy who hit the ball decides to retrieve it, Ugly becomes frightened and decides to go back to the duckyard leaving the unconscious Cat "hiding" in the very bowl meant for the young duck. Ugly never realizes Cat's dubious intentions. He emerges from Cat's lair and can't remember how he got there. He is lost.
Meanwhile, back at the barnyard, the fruitless search for Ugly has been called off. The fair-feathered friends sing "The Elegy," a pensive lullaby-like dirge in honor of Ida's fallen fowl. The neighbors are certain that a culinary death at the paws of the wicked Cat befell Ida's unusual duckling, but Ida refuses to believe it. The fate of the missing fowl becomes a media event complete with cameras, lights, and interviews. Drake, clearly enamored of the camera, tries to hog the spotlight but Maggie Pie, the television personality, focuses on the inconsolable Ida who croons a heartbreaking "Every Tear A Mother Cries." She determinedly sets out on a journey in search of her not-so-little, but very lost ugly duckling.
On the desolate marshlands Ugly has sought shelter in a ditch. Greylag, a stern admiral sort of gander and his wife Dot are looking for their wayward flock. Ugly asks the flighty pair for directions back to the farm. The geese offer to help Ugly find his home. They advise him that Cat is not his friend and, since it's hunting season, they warn Ugly to keep out of sight. The military-minded Greylag assembles his squadron of geese to join him on "The Wild Goose Chase" in search of Ugly's home. Who should pop up on the scene but Cat who promises to take Ugly back to his disconsolate mum. Greylag doesn't buy it and has taken personal charge of the duckling's safety. Cat warns them not to fly while the hunters are about and magnanimously offers to advise them of the hunter's departure. Greylag, although wary, agrees. When Cat assures the geese that the hunters have put away their guns and it's safe to fly, Greylag insists that Cat join them...with a parachute. Cat, Greylag and the flock take off in search of Ugly's mom leaving the poor lost soul safely behind. But as soon as the search party is airborne, shots ring out and feathers fly. Ugly now knows that Cat is deception purr-sonified and not to be trusted. He's learned a lesson, but what can he do now? Then he hears the voice of his mother in his head reminding him to "Hold Your Head Up High (Reprise)." He is determined to keep trying and reunite with his mother. As the curtain descends upon Act I, the ominous shadow of an Old Woman approaches and Ugly realizes he has unwittingly wandered into the garden of a small cottage. He sees the Old Woman's shadow and seeks escape through a door leading into the cottage.
Ugly, who has been tentatively exploring the living room, ducks behind a couch as he hears Old Woman address her cat Queenie and pet hen Lowbutt in the next room. Old Woman leaves the cottage and Queenie and Lowbutt enter the living room. Queenie immediately discovers an unrecognizable footprint on the carpet and traces it to Ugly. Queenie and Lowbutt are very domesticated animals. They are used to a certain standard of living. They applaud themselves for being civilized and sophisticated pets in "It Takes All Sorts." Ugly, though at first wary of Queenie the cat, feels fairly safe with the odd couple especially when he realizes Queenie prefers seafood prepared by the Old Woman to wild, unusually large, ugly ducklings.
Queenie suddenly realizes that Lowbutt is missing her favorite program, an antiques show. She turns on the TV in the middle of "America's Most Feathered" where Maggie Pie interviews Ida about the progress of finding her lost duckling. Upon seeing her, Ugly cries out "Mama!" Before Queenie can call the program to reunite the mother and son the doorbell rings. None other than the persistent Cat, barely disguised as papa Drake, is at the door. Ugly immediately sees through the deception and recognizes the conniving Cat.
When Cat sees Queenie he tears off his disguise in his irrepressible attraction to the voluptuous feline. The two dance a flirtatious and seductive rhumba "Together" as Lowbutt does everything she can to throw a wet blanket on the pair. As a final resort Lowbutt shoves Ugly out the door knowing the coy Cat will follow. True to form, Cat, despite his concupiscent attraction to Queenie, runs off after Ugly as the relieved Lowbutt consoles her seduced and abandoned house mate.
Meanwhile back at the duckyard, Drake is burdened with the brunt of responsibility of minding the brood as Ida vows to search every pond for her lost son in "The Collage". The townspeople voice their opinions on the futility of Ida's search as we see Ida talking to Greylag and then Lowbutt and Queenie.
Ugly, who is lost out there somewhere, encounters Penny, the most beautiful bird he has ever seen, tangled in fishing line. A chivalrous Ugly comes to the lovely swan's rescue. When Penny learns that Ugly is lost and alone she eagerly suggests Ugly join her flock, fly south for the winter and then they will both search for his family next spring. Obviously attracted to this beauty, Ugly is sorely tempted to take advantage of her offer but opts to stay on and search for his worried mom. Penny embraces Ugly in her soft white wings and takes off with a resounding "honk!" Ugly is confused when he hears the familiar cry. He declares his love for the snowy feathered Penny in "Now I've Seen You" but despondently concludes she will forget him.
Before he can get too maudlin, a large Bullfrog with a lily pad under his arm jumps in front of the heart-sick Ugly. The Bullfrog soon realizes that Ugly has a chip on his shoulder about his appearance. No stranger to denigration because of uncommon attributes, Bullfrog cheers Ugly up, teaches him to love himself "Warts and All" and assures him that there is someone out there to love him in return. Sufficiently cheered up and with a much better attitude, Ugly bids Bullfrog and his little Froglets goodbye.
As soon as the frogs depart the bright beam of a flashlight falls on Ugly. A Farmer has ensnared Ugly in his net and threatens to turn the duck into his family's Sunday roast. When the Farmer briefly retreats the Cat appears and offers Ugly a dubious proposition: he'll help Ugly escape the net and his fate on the Farmer's dining room table and reunite Ugly with his mother for a last farewell if Ugly will agree to be the Cat's main course. Desperate to see his mother and realizing he is a dead duck either way, Ugly agrees to this ill-fated plan. Cat claws an opening in the net and the two cut out.
Throughout Ugly's journey, seasons have changed. As Cat and Ugly make their way back to the barnyard they are caught up in "The Blizzard." They fight desperately to make their way through the snowstorm. As the storm blows over Ugly and Cat have succumbed to the weather and are completely buried beneath a huge snowdrift - discernable only as two lumps in the snow. Ida, having searched far and wide, recognizes her offspring's snow lump and, realizing she is too late, approaches her beloved son's icy grave. She sinks to her knees sobbing. Penny and her swan family, apparently a bit off-course, have returned. Mother Swan sees Ida and encourages her tears "for the warmth of a mother's tears can thaw the stoniest frost". As she turns away in frustration, Ida's warm, salty tears melt the snow concealing her ugly duckling. The ice falls from his feathers, and Ugly emerges as a beautiful swan. Ugly looks down to admire his handsome reflection in the puddle of melted snow in amazement. "I'm not a duck" he honks. "I'm a swan!" Ida and her handsome Ugly embrace. The beautiful Penny appears, and love is instantly rekindled when they declare "Now I've Seen You (Reprise)."
Ida, in her motherly wisdom, recognizes true love when she sees it. So despite the heartache of saying goodbye to her son, she sends Ugly off with his lovely, bright Penny to learn the ways of being the beautiful swan that he is. She follows the pattern of swans' flight and tearfully misses her "Different" son.
Suddenly Ida hears a joyful "Honk!" from behind her. Ugly declares he could never leave his true mother who raised and loved him unconditionally. Penny and Ugly have decided to be the premiere swans on the duck pond. He's proud to be different and, frankly, he rather likes his honk. Ida beams with pride.
But wait a minute! Some unfinished business. Ugly taps the other snow lump. The ice chips away and the rather batty Cat breaks out singing a befuddled "Melting Moggy" (Moggy is a British word for a housecat). After all Cat has been through, he has cracked up and is not one bit interested in duck or swan dinners.
In "Finale: Look At Him" the beautiful pair of swans, Penny and Ugly, return to the barnyard with a flourish. The Ducklings, the neighbors, and even Drake--so critical of the unusual bird in the beginning --now extol the virtues of having such a fine bird amidst them. Grace, previously the prettiest duck on the pond, graciously relinquishes her coveted Red Band to the lovely Ugly. The whole neighborhood has learned the importance of "just believing in yourself' because "you may find/In your own way/You're a swan."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Update on Summer 09

We've requested use of the MCS Elementary School for auditions.
As soon as that is approved I'll update this site and the Facebook group, as well as send an announcement to the Times Journal.

Good News! The MCS budget passed! That should ensure us our usual summer home on the MCS stage. But please keep your fingers crossed until we hear for sure!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Time for Pre Production 2009!

This summer's production is Honk!
Pre Production is beginning now.
Watch this page and our Facebook group for June Audition dates, August Show dates and more!