Serena, the ugliest duck in the barnyard, yearns to be a great singing diva, and she overcomes hilarious avian trials and tribulations in this wacky, ultra-modern adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.
Ugly duckling Serena runs away from her rustic barnyard to pursue her dreams in New Duck City. Her adventures with a bunch of zany characters, including Prince Drake, Galinda (“the most fashionable Goose in the City”) and Wolf, a talent agent and reformed meat-eater (or is he?), take her from high-fashion runways to perilous performing opportunities. Even the happy ending is not exactly by the storybook.
LUCKY DUCK Book by BILL RUSSELL and JEFFREY HATCHER Music by HENRY KRIEGER Lyrics by BILL RUSSELL Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler NOTE: The names of the Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.
Note: Characters portrayed by a single actor are grouped.
SERENA (pop belter with high extension): the ugly duckling who becomes a swan, shy but plucky underneath, self-doubting but also driven, powerhouse belter who can also sell comic numbers.
DRAKE (tenor): a spoiled prince who might never grow up, typical male ingénue, well-meaning but limited.
WOLF (baritone): a charming, mature, take-charge kind of Carnivore who has a hard time controlling his appetites.
MR. LAMBKINS: sweet and unassuming—the opposite of Wolf.
MRS. MALLARD (alto): an evil step-stage-mother who is overwhelmingly self-involved.
GALINDA: the most fashionable Goose in the city, hard-nosed about business and business totally consumes her.
QUEEN: steely and unforgiving, arrogant and entitled.
KING (baritone): kind-hearted and well-meaning but hen-pecked, bit of a bumbler.
COP: Irish, no-nonsense
ARMAND DILLO: flamboyant and exuberant, hasn’t become a top fashion photographer without talent and smarts.
CLEM COYOTE (tenor): not the sharpest tool in the shed.
FREE RANGE CHICKEN: wild and noisy.
MR. BAA: a Scottish sheep.
PIG #1: leader of the 3 pigs
MALE MODEL: clueless.
CARL COYOTE (tenor/high baritone): smarter than his brother (which is not saying a lot).
FREE RANGE CHICKEN: wild and noisy
PIG #2: stoner dude pig.
MALE MODEL: clueless
PHOTOGRAPHER: annoyingly insistent.
MILLICENT MALLARD (alto): nasty stepsister.
SALLY STORKOLA: stripper who’s been around the block.
WREN: innocent and appreciative.
VERBLINKA: Eastern European model.
CHICKEN LITTLE: demented.
MILDRED MALLARD (soprano): nasty stepsister.
DAPHNE DUCK: stripper who’s seen it all.
PIG #3—tagging along with her brother pigs.
KIM-CHI: Asian model.
Reed (Sop. Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
Drums (Drum set, Triangle, Mark Tree, Tambourine, Splash Cymbal)
Average, Simple, Mega Superstar Video
Here’s Stephanie Umoh singing “Average, Simple, Mega Superstar!”