Court Theatre’s Ugly Duck­ling de­lights

Christchurch Mail - - CANTERBURY VINTAGE CAR CLUB - KIM NUTBROWN

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.

KIM NUTBROWN/STUFF

Macken­zie Tay­lor, Scar­lett Nutbrown, Hugo Nutbrown and Sonora Tay­lor at the Court Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of ‘The Ugly Duck­ling.’

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