By Ric Averill. Adapted from the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Cast: 2m., 2w. (2 m. or w. With doubling, as many as 4m., 6w., 7 m. or w.) Udrich is ugly—there is no question. But is he really an ugly DUCK? Follow this lonely fellow as he searches for his identity and tries to become a turkey, a goose, a dog, a cat, a hen and even a human child. Only after a full year of danger and growth does the gentle Udrich find his place and his happiness. Approximate running time: 30 minutes, with 8 songs plus theme and incidental music.
An expanded touring version (40 minutes) of The Ugly Duckling for four performers (2m., 2w.) with 2 additional songs is available in manuscript.