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Honk!: A Musical By: Roy Okoye

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

The anticipation is palpable as the Van Ellis Theatre prepares to host “Honk!: A Musical” on Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There will be matinee showings at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for military, alumni, non-HSU students and seniors and $5 for HSU faculty, staff and students. At the matinees, tickets will be $5 for everyone.

In "Honk!: A Musical," Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story of “The Ugly Duckling" comes to life through a combination of catchy music, memorable characters, expertly designed sets and well-timed tech. Its messages are universal. The musical promotes self-acceptance and the embrace of one's uniqueness as being not only commendable but essential. This production is more than a delightful choice for audiences of all ages. It is also testament to the enduring power of the performing arts and an exhilarating addition to the vibrant world of musical theatre.


In the realm of art, viewers embark on a profound journey—one that enables them to both discover their true selves and lose themselves in the beauty of creative expression. At Hardin-Simmons University commitment to the arts is exemplified through its esteemed theatre department under the direction of Dr. Victoria Spangler. Under her guidance, the theatre department has become a haven that beckons students from diverse backgrounds, each graced with unique talents and perspectives. This week, the Theatre Department is set to deliver a highly anticipated musical event: "Honk!: A Musical."

This production is exceptional because of the dedication and passion of the students. It is entirely student-led, from the intricate technical aspects to the costumes, props, seamless coordination of fly rails, light coordination and the management of every aspect of the stage.

Yet, "Honk!: A Musical," is more than just a theatrical spectacle. Beyond its mission to display exceptional talents, it also serves as a fundraiser, so HSU theatre students will be able to take a trip to Scotland.

The musical will provide a great opportunity to both support theater students on their trip to Scotland and at the same time bring family and friends together for another great stage production.


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