Everyone thinks they're an ugly duckling once in a while, but what if instead you were a platypus?
Join the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society as they present the heart-warming tale of The Ugliest Duckling on Dec. 2, at 2 and 4 p.m.
As the second show in the Society's Kids Series, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre makes their Cultural Centre debut with a perfect puppetry performance based on the 1843 tale by Danish poet Hans Christian Anderson. You will be transported into a vibrant world of handmade puppets and memorable characters, all set to live and original didgeridoo music-it's an Australian take on the classic fairy tale.
The Ugliest Duckling is set in a billabong, a small lake in Australia, and stars a cast of vibrant and colourful creatures, a new twist to the old tale. Can you imagine mother duck's surprise when a platypus hatches from one of her eggs? Frustrated by his differences and tired of not fitting in, Yuckay the platypus sets off on an adventure of discovery. On his journey, Yuckay gains self-confidence as he uses his talents to help his family, bravely facing Kurreah the Crocodile, and meets other unique creatures such as a Kookaburra and Piggliebillah, the Spiny Anteater. Each character is brought to life with puppeteers Aaron Lathrop and Gina Leigh-from a kangaroo to a koala to a very large and toothy crocodile.
This delightful, kid-friendly production is poignant, charming and conveys a relatable message; acceptance of the qualities that make you different.
A charming fusion of original didgeridoo music with a cast of colourful puppets, the tale of The Ugliest Duckling is presented by performers dressed from head to toe in black, a technique used by puppeteers to accentuate the focus on the puppets instead of themselves. With fantastic mastery in the art of puppetry, Tears of Joy Theatre's The Ugliest Duckling teaches children of all ages that everyone is unique. Adorable Yuckay will win over the audience's heart and bring confidence to the ugly duckling in all of us.
The Ugliest Duckling will provide audiences with a positive message, wonderful original music and fun for the whole family.
? For tickets call the centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469), visit in person or purchase online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.