Ritzy Quackers

“There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown,” sang Danny Kaye in the film “Hans Christian Andersen.” The movie was one of my family’s favorites when I was growing up. The story of the ugly duckling has been on my mind because of my plans for the weekend.

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association poster for "The Ugly Duckling" and "Masquerade" The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association invited me to be the narrator for their production of “The Ugly Duckling.” At the rehearsal last weekend, I thought about how much my wife will enjoy watching the performance this Saturday. Many of the dancers also appeared in “The Nutcracker” last December. The music consists of selections by Vivaldi, Nedbal and others. There’s a piece of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at the point the Duckling realizes her true self.

Performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the Oak Ridge High School auditorium. ORCBA’s Facebook page lists several area merchants who are selling discounted tickets to the show. It also has photos from the first dress rehearsal. The costumes for the ducks, chickens and other creatures are terrific.

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