Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for Mommy’s enormous egg to hatch. But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling!

Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. As the seasons change the woodland trees from dark weathered branches to silver sticks of frost, the lost and lonely fledgling meets a menagerie of mischievous animals…. But where does he really belong? Tutti frutti brings to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known tale with a variety of characters, inventive physicality, and live music and songs that quack and trill. This charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.

Tutti frutti has been creating imaginative, visual, and meaningful story-based theater for children for over 25 years. They specialize in bringing fantastic, distinctive and carefully crafted shows to children aged 3+ and their families and teachers across the UK and the world. They commission award-winning writers like Mike Kenny, Evan Placey, and Emma Reeves to write new plays for children and adaptations of traditional stories. Over the years they have delivered high-quality touring productions and built an excellent reputation for inventive, creative, and highly physical productions for children and families.

Tutti frutti currently perform to around 37,000 children and their families giving over 250 performances per year. Recent productions include Underneath a Magical Moon, Snow Queen, Wild!, Snow Child, Ugly Duckling, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

"The Ugly Duckling is a wonderful piece of children’s theatre, slickly executed and lovingly performed. It will keep little ones enthralled from its energetic opening to its cheeky cliff-hanger conclusion." - Arts York

"Tutti frutti has gained an excellent reputation for delighting families with their shows, and this tradition continues with Ugly Duckling" - British Theatre Guide

Join us for FREE pre-show activities before Ugly Duckling

Waddle on over to Samueli Theater an hour before the performance to enjoy fun, free activities. Decorate your own “ugly” duckling and then compete in a rubber ducky race to see who the fastest swimmer is! Snap a shot of you and your new friend at our rubber duck photo op. There is so much fun, it is guaranteed to “quack” you up!

We look forward to seeing you!

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