Drawings, like the one above, will be done during the performance by Aaron Elmore, who plays the Aviator.
On his way to Earth, the Prince (Ian Andrews) meets a King who reigns over everything (Daniel Reaume).
Story last updated at 11/25/2008 - 4:35 pm
JUNEAU - Very few books are as beloved of both children and adults as "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Sante-Exupéry. The story within a story of the Prince and the characters he encounters has charmed readers around the world.
The theatrical adaptation of the book will be the most family-oriented production Theatre in the Rough (TR) has ever done, said TR co-director Aaron Elmore.
"I've wanted to do it for years," Elmore said. "It's a really good fit for us (and) the spirit of it seemed (appropriate) for Juneau right now."
The production will open this weekend at the Alaskan Territorial Hall downtown.
Elmore plays the aviator who touches down in a remote desert and meets the Little Prince, who asks him to draw him a sheep. The aviator, along with the audience, listens to the Prince tell of his fantastic travels from his own tiny planet to other planets, including earth. The Prince describes his enduring love for a rose and his friendship with a wise fox.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly," the Fox tells the Prince. "What is essential is invisible to the eye."
The production promises to be true to the heart of the story and visually engaging as well.
The aviator narrates and illustrates the story, and Elmore will be drawing charcoal pictures on stage will be available for audience members to take home after the performances. As a visual artist as well as a thespian, Elmore especially enjoys this added dimension.
"There's something there for everyone to think about," Elmore said. "There are fabulous creatures. We let the audience's imagination build as well. It's going to be magic."
The six-person cast includes director Katie Jensen as the Snake, Ian Andrews as the Prince, Megan Behnke as the Rose, Donny Gott as the Fox and Dan Reaume as the "Men from Other Planets." Music for the production will be composed by local musicians Bob Banghart and Patrick Murphy.
"The Little Prince" opens Nov. 28 at 7:30 at the Alaska Territorial Hall (Old Elks) at 109 S. Franklin St., with shows Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. It runs every Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 21.
Admission is $16 for adults, $5 for children five and under and $10 for seniors and students from age six through graduate school. Adults tickets are $2 more at the door. Sunday matinee shows are $5 for children five and under and $10 for everyone else. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.
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