FREE Performance of The Ugly Duckling by Appalachian Young People’s Theatre

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, in partnership with Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance’s Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, will present a free performance of The Ugly Duckling by Larry and Vivian Snipes. The family friendly play tells the tale of six storytellers portraying the lives of the characters in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

While the performance is free for all ages, guests will have the option of purchasing a kid friendly meal for $5 per person. The meal will include chicken tenders, macaroni, fruit, beverage, and a cookie for dessert.

Purchase of the meal is optional and guests are welcome to attend the free performance without participating in the dinner option.

The performance will be held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County).

The optional meal will begin at 6:00pm and the performance will begin at 6:30pm.

Reservations for this free event are encouraged for planning purposes although walk in audience members will be accepted.

Through lively storytelling and shadow puppetry, The Ugly Duckling transports the audience into the experience of growing up and searching for a sense of belonging. From the moment he hatches as a rather big duck, the Ugly Duckling faces bullying siblings, a terrifying cat, harsh weather, and much more. Our reluctant hero overcomes every obstacle with a “honk” and the courage to persevere, discovering who he really is beyond the shadow of his fears. Audiences will be delighted with the characters he encounters along the way!

The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) production of The Ugly Duckling features all Theatre Education majors at Appalachian State University as cast members, tour manager, and stage manager. Cast members include: Samantha Burnett, junior from Lake Norman, NC; L.J. Faircloth, junior from Clinton, NC; Kasey McFerren, junior from Clayton, NC; Mary Weaver, junior from Concord, NC; Andrew Wilson, sophomore from Marion, NC; and Sophie Zapf, junior from Wilmington, NC. Each actor portrays various characters over the course of the play. ASU Professor of Theatre, Teresa Lee directed The Ugly Ducking and has served as the Director of the AYPT program since 1988. The group worked together to assemble all of the costumes, props, and scenic elements for the production. Joe Perdue, Greensboro, NC, and Tabitha Wallace, Concord, NC, are Tour Manager and Stage Manager, respectively.

The Ugly Duckling is a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s original classic tale. Playwrights Larry and Vivian Snipes premiered the play at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky in 2017. Appalachian Young People’s Theatre will be the first group to produce the show outside of Lexington. This touring production will perform the show for both schools and community centers in the Western NC area. “We are thrilled to be able to produce this new adaptation of such a heart-warming, timely story. There is something in this production that everyone can relate to, no matter what age you are. I believe audiences will be fascinated by the unique story-telling style.”

Although the show is most appropriate for audiences in grades K-6, everyone is welcome.

This free, live theatrical performance is made possible through the generous funding of the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts of Appalachian State University. The Sharpe Chair was established by the late R.Y. and Eileen Lackey Sharpe, the founders of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center. The Ugly Duckling is directed by Teresa Lee and is coordinated by Jody Servon, current Sharpe Chair holder at Appalachian State University.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966