Court Theatre’s Ugly Duckling delights
The Court Theatre’s production of The Ugly Duckling is a real quacker!
The puppet show adapted by Will Robertson, and directed by Daniel Pengelly, gives the classic fairytale a modern make over.
Main character Ugly, (Albany Paseta), is joined by brother and sister ducks Drake (Ben Freeth) and Mel (Rebekah Head), and Mr Ribbit, the frog (Ben Freeth) – a rather unlikeable character.
Ugly doesn’t fit in with the other ducklings and the production follows his journey of discovering who he is and where he belongs.
The show is aimed at ages four to eight, and there’s plenty of audience interaction to keep kids that age engaged.
My little entourage, consisting of a six year old and three four year olds, gave a unanimous verdict on the highlight of the show for them.
‘‘The part where the duck keeps pooping on Mel’s head.’’
Yes, each time the word flying is mentioned, a duck flys through the air and poops on Mel’s head.
That hilarity was closely followed by the fart scenes, where the ducks drink toilet duck and pass gassy bubbles.
An obvious disclaimer quickly followed that scene: ‘‘Kids, don’t try this at home.’’
I reinforced that message to my hysterically laughing tribe, just to be safe.
Nope, nothing delights a theatre full of under eights more then fart and poop jokes.
There were also themes aimed at the parents in the room; a favourite of mine was a worm who coincidentally spoke with a mexican accent, reminding one of a drink best served with salt and lemon each time he spoke.
Of course the the old life lessons are there. It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, as well as highlighting social issues such as bullying.
When the main character Ugly is searching for acceptance, he tries but fails to disguise himself as a duck.
The audience is reminded to not try and be something you’re not.
The songs also provided entertainment, especially the Justin Timberlake inspired ‘Mel’s bring- ing sexy back’.
Yes, those other ducks just don’t know how to quack.
For some light-hearted, easy watching fun for the whole family these school holidays, make sure you get along to the Court Theatre for ‘The Ugly Duckling’ running from the 2-14 October.
Mackenzie Taylor, Scarlett Nutbrown, Hugo Nutbrown and Sonora Taylor at the Court Theatre’s production of ‘The Ugly Duckling.’