Theatre is for Ugly-Ducks, a quote by playwright and educator Tim McDonald

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Theatre is for Ugly Ducks, a  quote by Tim McDonald

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"I saw this because I’m working on a new musical titled 'Hans Christian Andersen, A Fable of Copenhagen' with music by Frank Loesser. Central to the storytelling is an 11 year old boy (Hans Christian Andersen) who feels like an ugly duckling but learns he’s a swan."

—Tim McDonald, Educator and Playwright

More about Tim

Timothy Allen McDonald, a respected educator, playwright (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter) and director; Tim founded iTheatrics to create innovative programs that allow students to experience the transformative power of the arts.Before founding iTheatrics, Tim created Music Theatre International’s Education Division, working side by side with theatrical greats, including Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Schwartz and Sheldon Harnick, to create age-appropriate versions of classic musicals.

In partnership with Stephen Gabriel at Work Light Productions, Tim directed and developed four new touring shows: Broadway Junior on Tour, Disney’s Discover Theater, Frankly Ben, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center, Tim co-wrote the book for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and directed The Phantom Tollbooth. Tim has also written the book for Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach alongside with the musical team of Pasek and Paul. Tim continues to be an advocate for educators, working to design materials and create professional development seminars that give teachers everywhere the tools necessary to put on a show in their community. Tim is currently developing the musical Between the Lines from the original book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. It will have its world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in the fall of 2017.

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