The Ugly Duckling

“Please remember, my fledglings: ‘Different’ isn’t always ‘weird.’ And weird isn’t always bad”. 


What can you do when you’re different if all you’ve ever wanted was to fit in? Find out as we join the Ugly Duckling in this funny, tender and quirky update on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of growing up. It’s a journey filled with the discovery that it takes all kinds to make the world work, and the acceptance and hope that true worth is more than skin deep. A new version by Gay H. Hammond.

Rated G     Run time: 55 minutes



Family Performances
7:30pm ~ Sept 27 and Oct 4 & 5, 2019
4:30pm ~ Sept 28, 2019
2:30pm ~ Sept 29, 2019

School Matinees
9:30 & 11:30am, Sept 26 & 27, Oct 2-4, 2019

Special Events

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)
6:00pm, Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019 in Pearce Auditorium

FREE Meet-the-Actors Reception
(following the performance): Sept 27, 2019

FREE Ice Cream Social with the Cast
(following the performance): Sept 29, 2019


Brenau University’s Historic Pearce Auditorium, 202 Boulevard St., Gainesville, GA 30501


Because of road construction by the City of Gainesville and building construction by Brenau University, all patrons of The Ugly Duckling need to enter Pearce Auditorium from the back of the building (Prior St NE and Sorority Circle). Click here for more information.

BUY Tickets

Ticket Information

Family performance tickets are $12-15 for adults and seniors, $8-10 for students** and children, depending on seat location. Select your own seats online by clicking the link below or by calling the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off — making a night of live theatre a great option for friends, family, church groups or scouting troops!

*Teachers — see “Teachers” tab for matinee details.
**UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Create your own package!

Purchase tickets to this production AND to one other production at the same time and you’ll get an automatic 10% discount; 3 to 4 shows will receive a 15% discount, and 5 shows or more gets an automatic 20% off. Discounts will be shown (with your savings) in the payment screen.

Cast & Crew

Creative Team & Crew Heads

    Playwright and Director: Gay H. Hammond, WonderQuest Director, GTA Resident Dramatist, and Brenau Associate Professor
    Scenic Designer: Celeste Morris, GTA Resident Designer and UNG Associate Professor
    Costume Designer: William Mellette, GTA Alumnus and Guest Artist
    Lighting Designer: Matthew Sand, GTA Alumnus and Guest Artist
    Sound Designer: Kyle Cantrell, GTA Guest Artist
    Technical Director: Ali Hooks, GTA Assistant Technical Director
    Stage Manager: Rachel Ray, UNG Junior
    Asst Scenic Design/Paint Charge/Props Crew Head: Surena Arnall, UNG Senior
    Asst Costume Design/Wardrobe Crew Head: Kai Delap, UNG Senior
    Master Electrician: Sabrina Smith, UNG Junior


    Duckling-Dear: William Venson, Brenau Sophomore
    Mama Duck: Bethany Hanna, UNG Junior
    Duckie: Bennett Welch, Brenau Senior
    Dickie: Michael Dotson, Brenau Junior
    Dixie: Halli Rider, Brenau Freshman
    Boss Beaver: Emily Barnett, Brenau Junior
    Bev Beaver: Jesse Smith, Brenau Senior
    Mandarin Duck: Daniela Santiago, Brenau Senior
    Peeper: Josh Turner, Brenau Sophomore
    Tad: Merrick Couch, UNG Sophomore
    Polli: Olivia Pelton, Brenau Junior
    Great Blue Heron: Cole Ferguson, Brenau Senior
    Molly Mouse: Madeline Brashier, Brenau Senior
    Cob: Sam Bradford, UNG Sophomore
    Pen: Lauren Wilson, Brenau Senior
    Cygne: Nicole Hart, UNG Junior


The Ugly Duckling to Descend Onto Stage in Pearce Auditorium

It’s been almost 10 years since Gay Hammond penned a play featuring animals as the main characters. This year she felt compelled to write a new script for WonderQuest’s fall production and decided to use a classic fairy tale as inspiration.
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GTA’s WonderQuest presents a modern take on The Ugly Duckling

Get your ducks in a row and waddle on down to see The Ugly Duckling presented by Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s WonderQuest. In this original play, a misfit duckling leaves the nest in search of adventure, family, and his own identity. The new script has its world premiere, Friday, Sep. 27 at 7:30 pm in Brenau University’s historic Pearce Auditorium, 200 Boulevard NE, Gainesville.
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