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Act!vated Stories
Family friendly folktales and travel tales
 
Act!vated Stories is presented by Act!vated Story Theatre a national touring theatre troupe for children and their families. Since 1988, the Act!vated Actors have toured the continental US and beyond, bringing live educational theatre to students at schools and libraries. Podcasting comedic folktales to you from somewhere on the road once a month or so since 2006.

Aug 15, 2012

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By special request from a fan, we bring you Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fable about judging people (or fowl) by their plumage. It's been the subject of songs and films -- Disney adapted it for the screen twice. In our version, as a further reminder of how uncool it is to tease other people, or talking ducks, for being different, we refer to him as the Somewhat Less Than Attractive Duckling.

This story has much in common with The Knee-High Man, which is part of our current production. It also has much in common with Hans Christian Andersen's own life, which turned out to be more glorious than people ever expected.

We come to you from Massachusetts, where we are winding down our summer tour. We just met up with our son Zephyr, who came to one of our performances, and then that night we saw him perform in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". Our own little (non-ugly) duckling who's earned his swan wings.

Happy Listening!

Dennis (Narrator, Mother Duck, Farmer, Swan One, Wapiti, Other Animals) and Kimberly (Narrator, Duckling, Swan Two, Wife, Chicken, Cat, Other Animals)

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