Sam Gutshall is Flynn Rider and
Rachael Oberman is Rapunzel.
rosannaAnna Cronin-Diehl is Princess Rosanna and
Kyle Toomey is King Butternut.

Little Princess Playhouse presents double feature Dec. 1, 8

After another successful season, The Little Princess Playhouse at Shippensburg University returns with two new productions in December.

The playhouse, sponsored by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, will present Rapunzel and The Princess and the Snarls starting at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. Dec.1 and Dec. 8.

The 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 building on the success of last spring’s debut hit The Frog Princess, which was very well received. Since we have started the program, over 2,800 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 first-year student Kelsey Ebersole, “The Little Princess Playhouse, not only provides magical entertainment for children, it also prepares me for my future as an elementary school teacher.”

Student Emily Ott agrees. “The classroom setting is intimate and allows for an opportunity for us to connect with the children in our audience,” she said.

For sophomore Tommy Hogue, “Being involved in a family friendly ensemble excites me. It is rare to find something that both children and their parents can enjoy so freely.”

Sam Gutshall, who plays Flynn Rider in Rapunzel. “We have such fun working as a team, unleashing our creativity and imagination for a bunch of kids who will love every second of the performance,” he said.

Gretchen said that “working with the student actors is energizing. We literally can’t wait for the audience to get here. Children will recognize the tangled story of Rapunzel and The Princess and the Snarls will introduce the audience to a new and story. We want the parents to laugh as much as the kids. And, as always, we promise 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.