Hans Christian Andersen himself frames four classic tales with the fabulous story of his own "ugly duckling" life. The Swineherd: A vain and "particular" princess learns a lesson from a very clever boy, who ultimately compares her behavior to the animals he tends. The Pixie and the Grocer: A pixie lives in the home of a grocer and survives every day on the gruel he leaves out. Then the pixie overhears the student reading his poetry. She is so enraptured that when the grocer's house is engulfed by fire, the pixie chooses to run back and save the poetry book rather than the grocer's gold—thus choosing "art over appetite." Of course her magic leads to a happy ending. The Emperor's New Clothes: The classic tale of vanity is given a fun comic twist as the emperor is advised by his ill-advised ministers. The weaver weaves her invisible magic, and at the end of the play, the children are encouraged to join in stating that, "The emperor has no clothes!" The Ugly Duckling: 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.
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- Type of Show Collection
- Product Code PA1000
- Cast Size 6
- Pages 88
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 75 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583421499
- "Delightful adaptations. Perfectly suited to our purpose of performing for young audiences."
- Review by Jeanne Parrott, Noble High School, Noble, Okla.
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