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 & 28 and Oct 4, 2019
4:30pm ~ Sept 28, 2019
2:30pm ~ Sept 29, 2018

School Matinees
9:30 & 11:30am, Sept 26 & 27, Oct 2-4, 2019
(Click the TEACHERS tab for school matinee information)

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

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.

Artist Spotlights

Check back to read Q&As with our design team!

Playwright & Director  – Gay H. Hammond (Director of WonderQuest – Brenau)

Scenic Designer –  Celeste Morris (GTA Resident Designer – UNG)


Check back to see what our patrons say about the show!


The sooner you reserve, the better your seats will be! And you can make your reservations with NO risk — you can adjust seat numbers, or cancel if necessary, any time before September 1.

We offer school matinees at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 & 28, and Oct. 2-4, 2019

Teacher tickets are free (up to 1 per 10 paid tickets), student tickets are just $6 (as they have been for 10 years!), and chaperones pay $10 per seat.  We welcome home school families at school matinees in groups of 10 or more – so collaborate with your friends!  (one free ticket per 10 paid tickets rule applies).

Before making your reservations, please read our Reservation/Cancellation policy for our WonderQuest school matinees regarding deadlines, etc.:

WonderQuest Reservation/Cancellation Policy

Make your reservations:

Field Trip Reservation Form

Study Guide:

Check back to find FUN and educational information and activities for grades K-7  — The Ugly Duckling Study Guide will be published and ready to view on Sept. 1.