New Jersey Stage
Friday, November 12, 2010
Cape May Stage Presents a New Adaptation of the Classic Story "The Little Prince"
In association with Monkey Boys Productions, (puppet builders on Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors), The Little Prince stars Philadelphia-based actors Lenny Haas as the Aviator, Broadway stage and screen puppeteer Marc Petrosino (Little Shop of Horrors) as the Men in Planets, and Carole Anne Raffa as Rose, the desert flower. Joining the cast from Los Angeles is Leila Ghaznavi as the Little Prince and NY-based stage and screen puppeteer and Emmy winning designer Michael Shupbach as the Fox.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's simple tale of a wayward prince has become one of the most beloved stories of all time, having been translated from the original French into over 180 languages, spawning scores of adaptations, including multiple films, songs, and at least one opera. Ostensibly a children's story, the prince's travels throughout the universe bring him into contact with several flawed adults, each of whom bears a condemnable character defect. The prince eventually travels to Earth, where he learns valuable lessons about individuality and love, and the responsibilities involved therein. His adventures on Earth bring to bear a harsh mirror to the human existence, commenting on the futility of the rat race and the disconnect we share with one another. In the end, The Little Prince presents to us an unmistakable plea to keep what's important in life close to your heart.
This script, by John Scoullar and Rick Cummins, is adapted, directed and conceived by Scott Hitz, and features puppets by multiple Emmy Award-winning designer Michael Schupbach of Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop. This premiere concert version at Cape May Stage marks the first stop on its journey to theatrical prominence. This production of The Little Prince is a multi-layered visual feast to awaken the child tucked away inside us all.
The Little Prince officially opens Friday, November 26 at 8:00 PM at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at the corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May. Performances are November 26 through December 30, 2010, Thursdays –Sundays, 8PM Saturdays & Sundays, 3PM. Tickets are $35 adults ($40 on Saturday evenings), $30 seniors, and $12.50 students. Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information or visit the theatre's Web site, www.capemaystage.com.
This production is generously sponsored by the Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall and The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia. This season's sponsors include 410 Bank Street/Frescos, Exit Zero, The Washington Inn, Cape May Winery, and Lucky Bones.