Brian Clowdus has opened a world premiere of the classic “The Ugly Duckling” at his Serenbe Playhouse, where he serves as the artistic director. Clowdus, who is gay, says he decided to stage the show in response to the bullying that has drawn headlines locally and nationally over the last year.
“The Ugly Duckling” is a children’s tale but done here with some modern twists. Serenbe, known for its authentic locations, will have its main character coming in and out of a real lake. Half animal/half human dancers also appear courtesy of Brooks and Co. dance troupe.
Top photo: Inspired by recent headlines about bullying, Serenbe Playhouse is mounting a modern retelling of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ with an outdoor performance that includes scenes in a real lake. (Photo courtesy Serenbe)