The famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen comes to life in a special family production that is signed and spoken simultaneously. This one-hour adaptation of The Ugly Duckling tells of a homely bird that is born deaf, facing challenges and abuse in a barnyard filled with animals who can hear. Then, to his delight – and others surprise – he matures into a beautiful swan.
The actors of Sign Stage On Tour (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Stuart Little”) uncover unexpected layers of the 1843 fable.You see the signing of hearing-impaired characters as they deliver their lines. You hear the voice of the same character spoken by a hearing actor.
Sign Stage On Tour evolved from Cleveland Signstage Theatre, founded in 1975 by one deaf actor, Brian Kilpatrick, and one hearing actor, Charles Saint Clair. This unique form of theatre integrated the experiences of two distinct cultures, combining the beauty of American Sign Language, the imagination of mime, and the richness of theatrical text.
As the final installment ofthe Tower’s 2012-13 LessonPLAN Series sponsored by BendBroadband, The Ugly Duckling is made possible by grants from WHH Foundation, Children’s Edu-Investors Fund, Bank of the Cascades, and the Tower Foundation’s Stover Fund.
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend.The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Membership,program information and individual and group tickets are available at the boxoffice (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
What: The Ugly Duckling
When: Thursday, May 2 – 6 pm
Where: Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $12 Adults
Recommended for ages 5-10