Little Princess Playhouse to present programs April 21, 28

After another successful fall season, The Little Princess Playhouse at Shippensburg University is back with a special double feature presentation the last two weekends in April.

The playhouse, sponsored by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, will present Snow White and The Frog Princess at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. April 21 and 28.

princesssnowThe playhouse has performances in Stewart Hall, recognized by its castle-like exterior presenting a perfect location for children’s theatre.

Paul and Gretchen Leitner, artistic directors for the playhouse, are pleased with the response from both on- and off-campus. According to Paul, “We were excited to get so many positive letters after Beauty and the Beast. Since we have started the program, over 2500 young people have attended a production. That’s phenomenal.”

The cast is made up of university students, many of whom are elementary education majors who love working with children. According to Taber Timmons, “This is an amazing way to instill wisdom. Each story has a moral, whether it’s the danger of jealousy or that beauty is deeper than how you look, and the children will see these truths in a new way.”

Chelsea Serpa, a future teacher agrees. “This class offers ideas and creativity that I can use in the classroom.”

According to Ben Dean, “Theatre is the one thing that’s been a constant joy in my life and the children’s laughter really drives me.”

Kyle Toomey sums it up for the entire ensemble by noting: “We love to entertain the kids—that’s number one for all of us.”

According to Gretchen Leitner, “Working with the student actors is so energizing. They offer creative zest and energy which is contagious. We just can’t wait for the audience to get here.”

Children will recognize their favorite Snow White, but there will be a creative twist to those crazy dwarves. According to Gretchen, “The Frog Princess will also make her Little Princess Playhouse debut. We promise our audience wholesome, quality entertainment and fun for the whole family for the best price in town!”

Admission is $4. Tickets are available at the door and seating is limited. Parking is free and guests should park in the Memorial Auditorium lot and walk to Stewart Hall.

For more information, call 477-1638.

4/10/12