At the conclusion of the Children’s Summer Theater Camp (session 1), the Rialto Junior Players presented “The Ugly Duckling”. This was a humorous audience participation play; run, and acted by kids. This adaptation by Kevin M. Reese of the classic children’s fairy tale took the audience through the challenges of being different and taught how perseverance could lead to discovery and beauty.
“The Ugly Duckling” was directed by Michelle Hyatt who was conducting The Children’s Theater Summer Camp. The children from the Summer Theater Camp acted in the play, built the set, and did all the stagecraft.
Everyone thinks the little new-born is just plain ugly. He doesn’t look like the others, he doesn’t talk like the others, and he certainly doesn’t act like the others. He is just so different in so many ways – and on a farm, different isn’t so good. Well, our hero soon helps everyone learn an important lesson about fitting in, and how, sometimes, the smallest person can be the biggest bully.