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By Yasmin Jorge

Guyi Guyi Children’s Puppetry Theater comes to various locations in New York this month. Featuring Guyi Guyi, a crocodile accidentally born into a family of ducks, the show is inspired by the picture book of the same name by Chin-Yuan Chen and is a delightful adaption of Aesop’s classic fable, Ugly Duckling.

Staged in an interesting and fun way, puppeteers Dora Cantero and Mariso García masterfully lead the lovable characters, the young croc, his loyal mother and two spirited siblings, through hijinks that have audience members both gasping and laughing. Guyi Guyi lives happily with his duck clan until one day he crosses the forbidden bridge. Now on unfamiliar turf, he befriends an older croc who teaches him the ropes of his reptilian species. When he finds out that crocodiles eat ducks, Guyi Guyi must decide what his true nature is.

The performance represents the search for identity, and the fear of being different and possible prejudice. These remain global themes today.

You won’t get any more details here, go enjoy this warm-hearted show!

Guyi Guyi is presented by Spain Culture New York – Consulate General of Spain.

October 20th, 1:00 PM and 2:15 PM
Flushing Town Hall @ 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens
http://www.flushingtownhall.org

October 21st, 2:00 PM
Long Island Children Museum @ 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
LICM Box Office: 516.224.5801

October 27th, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Hudson Opera House @ 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Originally published October 2012
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