Pugly

BY RACHEL NELSON FORTNER
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KRISTEN NELSON

Sample Scene

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Synopsis

Recommended Ages for Performers:  7–12 years old
Cast: 
9 M, 19 F (9 of these roles can be either)
Set:  Two simple sets and cover scene
Time:  About 45 minutes

Gather round for a musical rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s most familiar and treasured fairy tale about a little duck that actually isn’t a duck at all. In this refreshed fable, what springs from a large egg in Mama Duck’s nest is none other than Pugly the Platypus. Of course, there’s not a creature in sight able to figure out what this duckbilled, web-footed, flat-tailed critter is or where he belongs. Sad and lonely, Pugly wonders if he’ll ever find a place to call home. But when a little duckling swims out too far on the pond and a courageous rescue is required, Pugly is just right for the job. He dives into the pond and, much to everyone’s relief, effortlessly saves the baby duck! Our hero may not have been transformed into a lovely swan, but his evolution from a maligned misfit to a cherished member of the barnyard society is a heartwarming twist to an oft-told tale. To help spin this yarn is an enchanting score composed by the talented Kristen Nelson, which includes songs like “Spring has Sprung,” “We’ve Got the Skinny,” and “A Place to Call Home.” Pugly will capture your heart as he brings home the message that it’s okay to be different.

"...when I was a little kid I thought I was amazing and there was nobody better.  How I loved going to rehearsals and knowing I was going to be in a REAL play!  I was going to be a star for one night.  I would practice my lines and dances and songs so that when I had my big moment on stage I would shine."

—Molly Leadbetter, College of Idaho, Idaho City

Cast

PUGLY...21 lines

Ducks

MAMA DUCK... 29 lines
PAPA DUCK... 10 lines
DAPHNE...7 lines
DAISY... 7 lines
DAGWOOD....7 lines
DAGMAR...7 lines

Chickens

WISHBONE...10 lines
LEMON PEPPER...10 lines
HONEY MUSTARD...10 lines
BLUEBELL...10 lines
PANCAKE...10 lines

Geese

DOWNY...15 lines
DUMPLING...6 lines
DOODLE...6 lines
PESTER... 6 lines
GLOCKY... 6 lines

Beavers

BISCUIT...9 lines
HICCUP...9  lines
BUNKY...9  lines
CHOMPER...9  lines
JIGSAW...9 lines

 

Musical Numbers

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Spring Has Sprung
(Cast)

It's Nice to Meet You
(Mama, Papa, and Baby Ducks)

We’ve Got the Skinny
(Chickens)

There’s No One Quite Like You (Me)
(Pugly, Mama)

There’s No “I” in Team
(Geese)

A Place to Call Home
(Pugly)

A Beavers Work is Never Done
(Beavers)

 Never Judge a Book by its Cover
(Cast)

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