BOONE — The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Ugly Duckling” by Larry and Vivian Snipes in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27–28 at 2 p.m.
This family-friendly production will be performed on tour by the award-winning Appalachian Young People’s Theatre in elementary schools across the region prior to its debut on campus.
“The Ugly Duckling” tells the tale of six storytellers portraying the lives of the characters in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale. The title character, Ugly Duckling, takes the audience on a grand adventure to find a place where he belongs, facing bullying waterfowl, a terrifying cat, harsh weather and much more along the way. Despite the challenges he faces, the duckling overcomes every obstacle with a “honk” and clever narration. The play illustrates the experience of growing up, and the universal feeling of not belonging, all while discovering one’s own identity.
The production features all of Appalachian’s theatre education majors. The cast includes junior Samantha Burnett from Lake Norman, junior L.J. Faircloth from Clinton, junior Kasey McFerren from Clayton, junior Mary Weaver from Concord, sophomore Andrew Wilson from Marion and junior Sophie Zapf from Wilmington. Each portray various characters over the course of the play. Additionally, junior Joe Perdue from Greensboro serves as the tour manager while junior Tabitha Wallace is the stage manager. The group has worked together to create and put together all of the costumes, props and scenery for the production.
An artistic recreation of the original children’s tale, “The Ugly Duckling” was first produced by playwrights Larry and Vivian Snipes at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky. Appalachian Young People’s Theatre will be the first group to tour the show. Director Teresa Lee and the eight students involved in the production will tour around North Carolina and perform the show for both schools and community events in different areas. As a professor of theatre at Appalachian State, Lee has been producing works for Appalachian Young People’s Theatre for 31 years.
I. G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on 401 Academy Street on Appalachian State’s campus. The front entrance of I. G. Greer faces the side of Sanford Hall also located on 401 Academy Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.
General admission tickets are $5. For information or to purchase tickets, call the Schaefer Center box office toll free at (800) 841-2787, locally at (828) 262-4046, visit the box office in person or go online at theschaefercenter.org/tickets.