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Theatre Young Harris to Present Annual Children’s Show Honk! Jr.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Theatre Young Harris to Present Annual Children's Show Honk! Jr.
Fred Register Endowment for Children's Theatre Celebrates 35 Years

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Fred Register Endowment for Children’s Theatre with its annual children’s show, Honk! Jr., a charming and whimsical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story “The Ugly Duckling.” The run includes daytime school performances Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 25-27, and a free public performance on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus.

Separated from the farm and pursued by the hungry Cat, the awkward duck Ugly must find his way home. Along his high-spirited and harrowing journey, he encounters some colorful characters and discovers that everyone can find love and acceptance—“warts and all.” The production is directed by junior theatre major Lauren Chamblin of Cumming, Ga., while YHC Adjunct Instructor of Theatre and Dance George Koller serves as faculty supervisor and staging consultant.
The production features freshman theatre major Brandon Thomas of Oxford, Ga., as Ugly, freshman theatre major Justin Hermosilla of Lawrenceville, Ga., as Cat, senior theatre major Ashley Murray of Young Harris, Ga., as Ida, sophomore theatre major Benjamin Sims of Hiram, Ga., as Drake, sophomore theatre major Lindsey Koch of Douglasville, Ga., as Beaky, sophomore theatre major Stephanie Rodock of Covington, Ga., as Fluff, sophomore music education major Sarah Stogsdill of Shalimar, Fla., as Footsy, sophomore theatre major Heather Womack of Acworth, Ga., as Downy, sophomore theatre major Devyn White of Woodstock, Ga., as Maureen, senior theatre major Hayley Hoopingarner of Woodstock, Ga., as Henrietta, freshman theatre major Justin Gibbs of Cumming, Ga., as Greylag, sophomore theatre major Carrie Moll of Suwanee, Ga., as Dot, sophomore theatre major Alana Lambert of Dallas, Ga., as Barnacles, junior theatre major Chelsey Sizemore of Flintstone, Ga., as Snowy, freshman music education major Cameron LeJeune of Marble, N.C., as Father Swan, junior theatre major Gina Dropp of Kennesaw, Ga., as Mother Swan, sophomore theatre major Kristin LaCount of Dahlonega, Ga., as Bewick, freshman theatre major Stephanie Mills of Bainbridge, Ga., as Penny, sophomore musical theatre major T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., as Grace, junior theatre major Ben March of Blairsville, Ga., as Turkey, senior musical theatre major Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., as Bullfrog, and freshman music major Emma Dennis of Atlanta, Ga., as Maggie Pie. 

Ensemble members include senior theatre major Arin Satterfield of Marietta, Ga., sophomore theatre major Megan Fisette of Woodbine, Ga., sophomore communication studies and theatre major Leah Cheshier of Bremen, Ga., freshman music major Carli Kidd of Blairsville, Ga., and freshman music education major Jordan Bishop of Suwanee, Ga.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to YHC students, faculty and staff as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2013-2014 Mainstage Series are on sale now online at Tickets may also be purchased through the YHC Box Office at (706) 379-4307. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, opens Thursday, Oct. 31, for phone and walk-up ticket purchases and will be open two weeks prior to opening night for shows in the Mainstage Series. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit



Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Theatre and Costume Design Abby Kiker assists senior theatre major Ashley Murray of Young Harris, Ga. with her costume for the College’s upcoming production of Honk! Jr