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North Fort Myers High’s spring musical opens

By Staff | Apr 30, 2009

The North Fort Myers High School spring musical performance of “Honk” is set for today, Friday and Saturday.
Scores of performers and musicians have been busy rehearsing for the musical comedy. The 67 students in the production more than fill the colorful barnyard stage.
Michele Whitener, the drama teacher, is the director of “Honk.”
“This is a really fun telling of the old tale of the “Ugly Duckling,” updated. It has a combination of serious songs and fun songs and it’s also a musical comedy. It’s a musical with a message, she said.
“It tells the story in a very relevant way, relevant to the consequences of bullying someone who’s different,” Whitener said. “Even in today’s society we need to be reminded about that.”
She said it is wonderful to be able to have such a huge cast.
“Being an arts program it’s really exciting, because we have dancers, we have our orchestra, our vocalists and our actors just combining our arts program to bring a spectacular show,” Whitener said.
While it has the animal theme, the show is not targeted to young, young viewers.
“From ages 8 to 80, it will be enjoyable,” she said. “It’s not just a kid’s show, and I want our community to realize that. Even though it is the story of the “Ugly Ducking,” it’s more relevant with puns and that type of humor.”
It really is a lot of fun, Whitener said.
“This was a show that was well-acclaimed in London,” she said. “The musical won the Olivier Award, which is our equivalent of the Tony Award. We’d love to see everyone out here to see it.”
Gwen Gregg is the musical director, and John McDonald is the orchestra director.
Tickets are $7 and are still available at the main school office and at the door.
The performances will take place at 7 p.m. with the house opening at 6:15 p.m.
For information, call 995-2117.