by Willow Reichard-Flynn

Dive into this queer and quacky retelling of the classic tale… and let your true colors fly!

This summer, Allentown Public Theatre will bring you an original version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Ugly Duckling!  Created in partnership with the youth of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center, this show is geared for children (and adults) of all ages and celebrates what it means to fit-in (or not) with gender stereotypes.


  • Friday, July 20 – 6pm
  • Saturday, July 21 – 2pm
  • Sunday, July 22 – 2pm
  • Friday, July 27 – 6pm
  • Saturday, July 28 – 2pm
  • Sunday, July 29 – 2pm



  • FREE for children 12 & under
  • by donation for adults

FREE Workshops for Kids

FREE Saturday morning theater workshops will be offered to children ages 6-12 in June and July as part of this project.  We will be playing theatre games, doing acting exercises, making props, and rehearsing small cameo parts for performance in The Ugly Duckling. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform alongside adult actors in the final production.


All workshops will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm on the following Saturdays:

  • June 16
  • June 23
  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14


Children are welcome to come to as many or as few workshops as makes sense for them and their family’s summer schedule – however, if your child would like to participate in the show, the workshop on July 14 is mandatory, and the 3 workshops proceeding it (June 23, 30 & July 7) are strongly recommended.  Permission slips and photo release forms will be available for you to fill out at your child’s first workshop.

Contact today to sign-up!