A Duck Called Ugly

Apr 4–22
Barter Stage II

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen by Catherine Gray

It’s hard being different. When a strange egg shows up in Mama Duck’s nest and hatches, a duckling that looks different than all the others is born. After many failed attempts to fit in, the ‘ugly’ duckling sets out on a journey to find his true place in the world. He soon realizes that he must learn to love himself before he can discover who he really is.

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Cast & Credits


Storyteller / Fluffy Duck / Young Turkey / Farmer's Wife: Sarah Van Deusen
Mama Duck / Young Turkey / Goose / Swan / Old Woman / Girl: Angie Fisher
​​Elder Duck / Turkey Hen / Swan / Hen / Nannie Goat: Brandy Drzymkowski
Frizzy Duck / Turkey Poult / Bird Dog / Swan / Cat / Boy / Kid: Shaan Sharma
Fox / Fuzzy Duck / Young Turkey / Gander / Swan / Farmer: James Hendley
Ugly: Rusty Allen

Director: John Hardy
Stage Manager: Sarah Buck / Errin Gropp
Set Designer: Hana Goff
Costume Designer: Shea O'Neil
Props Designer: Megan Pressley
Lighting Designer: Erin Kellam
Choreographer: Angie Fisher
Original Music: Shaan Sharma
Fight Director: Shaan Sharma
Associate Director of the Barter Players: Barrett Guyton
​Artistic Director of the Barter Players: Katy Brown