Written by Tony-nominated composer/lyricist, Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), and Brian Crawley (Violet), A Little Princess is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which was honored by School Library Journal as one of the "Top 100 Chapter Books" of all time. This re-imagined version of the classic tale expands beyond the confines of Victorian England to Africa, giving the writers ample opportunity to include lively African music and dance, exotic locales like Mali and Timbuktu and creating an unforgettable journey around the world.
Separated from her father and the openhearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As the girl wins the affection of the other boarders, she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress, who forces Sara to work as a maid when her father is reported dead, and his fortune is seized. Sara counters all of Miss Minchin's best efforts to degrade her, all the while maintaining the grace and virtue of a little princess.
Cast includes: Sara Crewe (Makayla Shipe / Katharine Crowe), Captain Crewe (Matthew Burns), Pasko (Gio Hiblong), Aljana / Widow Zuma, Becky (Kaleigh Statton / Shelby Loftis), Miss Minchin (Sarah Heer), Miss Amelia (Katrina Lilly), James (Hayden Griffis), Queen Victoria (Skyla Conger), Nora (Hannah Brooks), Ermengarde (Kathryn Morris), Lavinia (Reagan McCartney), Jessie (Jenna Thaxton), Jane (Sydney Crary), Lottie (Olivia Kreulen), Headman (Bella Crowe), Umbrella Man (Nate Palmer), Native Woman (Jamie Partain), Mr Skipwith, Sultan (Nick Bell), Ensemble (Emory Statton, Sarah Nuss, Lauren Bond, Rylee Woodard, Frankie Goldman, Allie Bailey, Melissa Hutchinson, Hillary Arnold, Chloe Alexander, Cadence Earles)
Watch what happens on the stage of the historic Royal Theatre (111 South Market Street, Benton, AR) Thursday, November 29 – Saturday, December 1 at 7pm and Sunday, December 2 at 2pm and Thursday, December 6 – Saturday, December 8 at 7pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2pm.
General Admission tickets $15; Senior/Military/College students $12; High School students and younger $6.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.theroyalplayers.com or www.ticketleap.com. For reservations call (501) 315-5483. You can also purchase tickets at the door first-come, first served basis.
Sponsored by the Jeff Mattingly Foundation and First Security Bank, A Little Princess the Musical is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIShows.com.
Directed by Abby Curry; Music Directed by Dawne Carroll
Produced by Teri Lanier
Media Contact: Carissa A. Lumpkins
The Royal Theatre is Benton’s historic local theatre, located in the heart of the Historic Downtown Benton, at 111 South Market Street. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Royal Players is devoted to creating opportunities for the surrounding community by providing quality, entertaining, educational, and affordable programming for all ages. For more information, visit www.theroyalplayers.com