The Ugly Duckling Returns to Center for Puppetry Arts in August


The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a whimsical production of The Ugly Duckling from August 18 - September 18, 2011. Adapted and directed by Michael Haverty, the show features music and puppetry, performed live by a two-person cast, and is specially created to engage younger audiences.

Based on the beloved classic by Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling follows a young bird who simply doesn't fit in with the other ducks in the pond. Helped by some friendly forest sprites, the duckling sets out to explore the wonders of the pond. On his journey, he meets a cast of colorful characters, braves the changing of the seasons, and discovers his true self. With a beautifully created environment full of hidden musical instruments created by Klimchak, Atlanta's percussionist extraordinaire, The Ugly Duckling brings to the stage Andersen's transformative fable about life's often bumpy road.

The Ugly Duckling will be presented in the Downstairs Theater. Show times are as follows:
August 18-September 18: Thursday-Friday (10am, 11:30am); Saturday (11am, 1pm, 3pm); Sunday (1pm, 3pm)

Half-Price Previews: Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17 (10am & 11:30am)

Included in the full-prIce Ticket cost is admission to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where visitors can experience the thrill of puppetry by creating their own Ugly Duckling Marionette or pick up a Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit to continue the fun at home!

Investigate all kinds of puppets in the Center's permanent museum PUPPETS: The Power of Wonder as well as three exclusive exhibits featuring the work of Jim Henson. Also, be sure to take a look at the newest items in our collection in Passports: New Arrivals from the World of Puppetry. Please visit for more information on the Museum and Special Exhibits.

Tickets for patrons two and older are $16.50 and include admission to the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit), and all museum exhibits. Membership and group rates are available. For tickets and more information, visit

Photo courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts


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Joseph Harrison Joseph Harrison has been involved with the theatre in some form or fashion all his life. He holds a Journalism degree from the University of Georgia, but his true love is the theatre which he has been involved in as a spectator as well as an actor for the last 25+ years. He has performed in a variety of musicals over the years including PIPPIN, CITY OF ANGELS, 1776, WORKING, LITTLE WOMEN, WORKING, GODSPELL (Jesus) and JOSEPH..DREAMCOAT (Joseph) just to name a few. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Shannon and their two children.


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