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HONK! This year’s Perham Community Musical

The cast of HONK! features a barnyard of students and community members. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS 1 / 2
Ugly's siblings taunt him in the musical. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS2 / 2

“The Ugly Duckling”: it’s a story most people have heard or read at some point in their lives.

This year’s Perham community musical will tell the classic story again, as a musical comedy with an underlying message about bullying and acceptance.

For weeks, the cast has been hard at work at rehearsals, making sure they will put on the best show possible.

“I believe you perform the way you practice,” said the show’s director, Kevin Kosiak, during rehearsal at the Perham High School auditorium on Monday.

“He is super, super, super, super dedicated to this,” said cast member and high school student Christian Bueng, of his director.

“Going on, you start hearing people’s stories about, you know, being bullied themselves,” added cast member Dani Nelson. “I think that’s kind of inspiring to have.”

Nelson and Bueng said they both underestimated the hard work that would go into this production, but they enjoy the humor and music.

“Patrick (Murphy, who plays the lead role of Ugly) sings a song while I dance,” Nelson said. “It’s called ‘Now I’ve Seen You,’ and it’s been stuck in my head all day.”

Bueng agreed that “it is beautiful.”

“There’s this one part in the song that’s not written,” explained Bueng. “But when they did this in England, the guy who portrayed Ugly did this…amazing thing, and Patrick does it. And it’s just goose bumps every time I hear it.”

Performances on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, Nov. 17 show will be a 2 p.m. matinee. All shows will be in the high school auditorium.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Area Learning Center from 8 to 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 8 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.