There was only one performance of Lightwire Theater’s The Ugly Duckling presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Family Series on March 1, but our intrepid five-year-old critic, Mila Vincent of #MilaSays, was there with her grandmother, Johannah Luza, ready to review. As usual, Mila prepared with care — making sure to wear a yellow dress in honor of the duckling along with matching duck shoes. Well, they’re really fish shoes, she says, but she modified them into duck shoes for the occasion. She and her grandmother gave a thumb’s up to the light show that is the Winspear Opera House’s rising and falling chandelier before the actual light show. Here are their reviews.
Mila: I’ve never seen a show like this and the characters were all lights! A mama duck had some baby ducks, but one in the nest looked different than the others. He was much bigger and the mama and others didn’t know what to think of him. He tried so hard to be just like them but he wasn’t. Then there was a big mean cat who always wanted to get the little ducks but the big ugly duckling saved them. He turned out to be a big, beautiful swan! This wasn’t just any play…It was very dark in the theater and all you could see were the lights on the stage that were the ducks and cat. Sometimes they disappeared. The mean cat was funny sometimes and he even burped really loud once! And there was a dancing worm, too! They were all like glow-in-the dark characters. I like the Winspear Opera House because they have a huge chandelier that comes down out of the ceiling, then goes back up. It was all different colors for this show! And I got to wear my duck shoes. But they’re really fish shoes!
Johannah: We weren’t sure what to expect, even though most kids have heard the story of “The Ugly Duckling.” The show was produced with a special kind of electroluminescent wire and puppetry. The choreography and music from classical to pop was perfect for the movement of the characters. Even without words, the story was told well. In the end, the moral was the same as the original story. It’s OK to be different on the outside. What you do in life is what makes you beautiful.