STUDENTS FROM The Gabriel Project will be presenting Honk Jr., based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 1010 E. Landis Ave. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19 shows with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, July 20. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from any cast member or can be purchased at the door.
The show is a tribute to Mr. Mark Melamed, a beloved teacher, humanitarian and director of countless school stage productions over a career spanning three decades who died after a heroic 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer at age 56. In addition to his long career teaching English to students at Veterans Memorial School, and thousands of hours training others to perform on stage, Melamed founded The Gabriel Project, a humanitarian organization that raises money to pay for life-saving surgery for children all over the world. Since 1990 the organization has also helped local children who need surgery and whose families cannot afford it. All proceeds from Honk Jr. will go to The Gabriel Project.