"The Ugly Duckling"

Niswonger Performing Arts Center

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In a Nutshell

Lightwire Theater combines ballet, puppetry, and technology to bring Hans Christian Anderson’s misfit ducking to illuminated life

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 25, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting 1/25 for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Niswonger Performing Arts Center . Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Niswonger Performing Arts Center's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $9 for one ticket to see The Ugly Duckling (up to $15 value)
  • When: Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Niswonger Performing Arts Center
  • Seating: orchestra or mezzanine section
  • Door time: 2 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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The Ugly Duckling

The star of Lightwire Theater’s The Ugly Duckling may look like a cross between a bright-blue firework and a cartoon character, but beneath his otherworldly glow he’s all heart and webbed feet. Onstage, he bursts from his shell and clownishly trips up the precise parade of his green stepsiblings, feeling deeply ashamed of his differences before learning just how special he truly is. While Hans Christian Andersen’s moral rings as true as it did 169 years ago, Lightwire’s innovators bring the story to its natural climax: the growing swan faces off against a dastardly ninja cat.

Blending ballet, puppetry, and a laser light show, the “story dancers” of Lightwire update this timeless fable with costumes outlined in electroluminescent wire. In the creators’ hometown of New Orleans, the Gambit wrote that “the staging is unique, and the colored outlines are not garish but poetic.” The puppeteers of pure light might seem familiar to fans of America’s Got Talent: the stars of another Lightwire show, Darwin the Dinosaur, were featured prominently on the program.


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