Sat07262014

Stepping Out

Ugly Duckling makes a splash Sunday in PA

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled performances of “The Ugly Duckling,” the original musical fable adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s tale, Sunday at the center’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Four performances are slated, each in a different language: Mandarin (1:30 p.m.), Russian (3 p.m.), English (4 p.m.) and Hebrew (5 p.m.).

The narrated story for young children focuses on the beauty of being different and delivers a gentle antibullying message that celebrates differences.

The original retelling combines classical music excerpts performed by Ensemble Salon Classique, an adult narrator, a child actor, multimedia and audience participation. At different points during the show, children will be prompted to respond to the action onstage, helping them to empathize with how it feels to be treated poorly by others.

“We hope to raise awareness about the impact of bullying through a creative, kid-friendly medium,” said Ronit Widmann-Levy, director of arts and culture at the center.

Pre- and postshow activities will include outdoor water play, art projects and Mother’s Day treats for moms who attend.

For tickets ($15-20) and more information, visit www.paloaltojcc.org/uglyduckling.

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