As in the original tale, Hansel and Gretel are two children who love their father. In this musical, he is unaware of just how selfish his wife is. When she secretly loses their children in the woods, he is distraught and searches tirelessly for them. Hansel and Gretel must rise above their disagreements in order to survive their time in the forest and their encounter with the witch of the candy cottage.
The Ugly Duckling in this show, deals less with the various circumstances the ugly swan chick finds herself in and more with her relationship with her duckling ‘siblings.’ In this modified story, the Ugly Duckling finds a new family in which to be included and then extends that spirit of inclusiveness to one of her former tormentors.
The three tales interconnect in ways that delight audiences, and strengthen the overall theme of making the right choices to become a better person (expressed in the prologue and finale musical number ‘Choose to be Good.’). Each of the ten character traits, or a lack of it, is represented in the musical number(s) listed below, as well as in the actions of characters in at least one of the three tales:
Don’t Care’ - The Ugly Duckling
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