performances July 31 – August 3

honk! jr

SPONSORED BY: Vernal’s TaVaci School of Performing Arts

MUSICAL – Ages 8 to 16 are invited to audition for our annual JR show! 

With a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins), Honk! JR. is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score.  Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! JR. treats audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears.

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

Approximate duration: 90 minutes 

Ticket Policies

All sales are final. Please double-check the event date(s) selected. No refunds or exchanges.

All patrons, including children, must have their own ticket. Vernal Theatre: LIVE cannot permit lap sitters.

All seating is assigned. Purchased ticket is good only for the date and seat specified on the ticket.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Patrons arriving after the start of the performance will be seated at the discretion of management. Late-comers may have their seats reassigned.

Shows begin at 7pm for all evening performances, 2pm for matinees (where applicable).

THERE MAY BE TWO CASTS FOR THIS PRODUCTION. Make sure you purchase tickets to the correct performance if you have a cast member you specifically want to see.

YELLOW CAST performs Wed PM, Fri PM and Sat AFT.
PURPLE CAST performs Thu PM, Fri AFT and Sat PM. 

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Director – Nashelle Jackson
Music Director – Karilynne Pearson
Stage Manager – Emily Walker
Choreographer – Megan Pearson


We are so excited for “Honk! JR” this summer! 

A couple things for you to know about:

– Ages 8-13 are invited to participate in our Youth Audition Workshop on May 29.
This workshop will be the perfect opportunity to learn about auditions. We will talk about the audition form, what to wear, who you will see, how to choose a song, and what to expect from cold reads and a dance audition. This is a great chance to get all audition questions answered so you can feel your best at your next audition. 


Honk! JR Audition Information

Auditions will be held Monday, July 8th from 6pm to 8pm. Callbacks will follow at 8:30pm.
Auditioners must be between the ages of 8 and 16 on the day of auditions.


A few things to note:

  • Audition songs must be kept to 60 seconds or less. Time limit will be enforced.
  • You must bring your own accompanist or a track (no backup vocals) to sing along with.
  • Bring the completely filled out audition form with rehearsal calendar & cast rules contract to your audition. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role. Auditioners will not be cast if there are more than TWO missed rehearsals on their audition form.
  • Performances are July 31 through August 3.


The show runs July 8 through August 3.

Auditions are open to performers 8 to 16 years of age. All roles are open.

Come prepared to sing no longer than 60 seconds of music in a Broadway style. You must bring your own pianist or recorded music (no backup vocals). The time limit will be enforced.

Bring completed audition form, including any conflicts during rehearsals from July 8th through August 3rd. Auditioners will not be cast if there are more than TWO missed rehearsals on their audition form.

Bring one color 4×6 headshot. 

Callbacks will be by invitation on July 8th following auditions.

There is a MANDATORY parent/guardian meeting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 9.

There is a $25 fee plus $15 per additional family member to participate in ‘Honk! JR’.

Email the theatre at to schedule an audition time. ​Include in the email the auditioner’s name and age. Time slots are assigned by age.
Auditions take place at the theatre located at 40 East Main in Vernal. Enter the building through the main doors on the north side. 

If you cannot attend auditions in-person, we are accepting VIDEO AUDITIONS. Please email for instructions on how to submit a video.

Email any questions to Do not reach out to the production team individually.

Audition Form & Rehearsal Schedule, Cast Rules and the Theatre Production Guidelines are attached below. Please read each carefully and know the commitment you and your child are making if cast. 


CLICK HERE to print Audition Form.

CLICK HERE to download the Cast Rules.

CLICK HERE to download the VT:L Production Guidelines.


Youth ages 14-18 can apply to be on our Youth Production Team by filling out the following application:




1. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. Do NOT apologize if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.

2. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying. Be memorized on your audition material.

3. Find your spot. Wherever it is, there’s usually an X on the floor, done with tape. Find it and go stand there to start, but don’t stay rooted to that X. Remember, the space is yours for two whole minutes. So feel free to move around.

4. Act. Acting means TO DO, not to talk. Find your actions and play them! (A wonderful resource is the book “Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus” by Marina Caldarone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams.) Think about opposites that can be shown. Yelling isn’t the only way to show hatred or anger. Sometimes being quiet as you make your point is a powerful display of emotion. Playing opposites is a much more interesting choice than the obvious. And remember to show variety. Feel the levels and dynamic in the scene.

5. Stick to the time limit. You get 60 seconds starting from the first note. And 60 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too. This is a great way to show consideration for the production team and other auditioners, and show that you can follow instructions which is essential in the theater.

6. Do not reach out to the production team personally. Auditions are nerve-wracking and a lot of work – both for auditioners and the production team. Do not reach out to any member of the production team about auditions in any way – even if they are your friend. If you have questions, contact the theatre.