Get to know the cast and crew from our two Christmas shows, Beauty and the Beast and The Ugly Duckling, as we play… Beauty vs Ugly. This time we asked Heather Williams, playing Mother Duck in The Ugly Duckling, and Beauty and the Beast’s Stefanie Mueller to vote ‘Beauty’ or ‘Ugly’ to some classic Christmas traditions.
Waking up early
Heather: Beauty. Best time of the day!
Stefanie: Ugly before, then you get up and it’s like “wow, this different!”
Christmas songs in November
Heather: Ugly. Everything about Christmas before December is ugly!
Stefanie: Oh ugly. Feels a bit commercial!
Heather: Beauty. I love hearing a good carol, especially In the Bleak Mid Winter
Stefanie: Not my most liked but it can be charming on your doorstep – beauty!
Heather: Ugly. Too brash!
Stefanie: Around Christmas, beauty. Otherwise no!
Heather: Ugly. Yuck!
Stefanie: Urgh. Ugliness!
Last minute gift shopping
Heather: Beauty. You can get great bargains.
Stefanie: I don’t do it. I either plan ahead or get something in the year that’s fitting. Ugly.
Heather: Ugly. Unless they are a nice chunky knit with nothing Christmas about them.
Stefanie: That’s ugly. We never did Christmas jumpers, I didn’t grow up with them in Switzerland.
Heather: Beauty – I love ’em! Unless they’re over cooked – but people are much better at that these days.
Stefanie: Love it with bacon and chestnuts. Absolute beauty!
Heather: Beauty – nice bit of Stilton!
Stefanie: It depends… What cheese is on the board? Never blue cheese.
Fake Christmas trees
Heather: Ugly. Give me a real one any day.
Heather: Ugly. Never listen.
Stefanie: It’s part of my husband’s tradition, but it’s become a bit of a joke in our house.
Both Beauty and the Beast and The Ugly Duckling run until Sun 14 January 2018 at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol. See more on their show pages.
Posted on 21 December 2017