Timmons, left, portrays Dorothy while Keara Gilligan portrays Glinda.
Oz headlines Little Princess Playhouse playbill
Princess Playhouse at Shippensburg University will present a special double
feature presentation highlighted by a performance of The Wizard of Oz.
playhouse, sponsored by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, will present
The Wizard of Oz with Sleeping Beauty and the Pirate Prince. The double feature
will be presented at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on April 27 and May 4.
performances are in Stewart Hall, recognized by its castle-like exterior
presenting a perfect location for children’s theatre.
to Paul Leitner playhouse artistic director, “These public shows are the final
project for our university class, “Creating Children’s Theatre.” The students
in the shows are not majoring in theatre. Many of them are education majors. It
is a wonderful opportunity for these soon-to-be teachers to get up in front of
an audience full of kids and have a blast.”
student performers agree. “We make a positive impact on a child’s life,” said first-year
student Seth Baker. Michelle Phillipson said that the class has reignited her
love of theatre. Katie Coutts, an early education major who sees the benefit, said,
“I am anxious to learn how to channel children’s energy through my own creative
experiences in the theatre.”
to Sam Gutshall, “I enjoy working with creative people and making some great
friendships, but it’s the children who benefit most. Live theater jump starts
their creativity. That’s key.” For Mitchel
Bamberger, who plays the Scarecrow, “This is a chance to inspire the next wave
of young actors and actresses.”
Gretchen Leitner noted that “Training even the youngest, most inexperienced
actors and actresses has become a continuation of our mission. This summer
children may sign up for our acting camp which will introduce and connect young
people to theatre.”
for the Acting and Theatre Arts Camp are available through the Camps and
Conferences Office at Shippensburg University and will be available at the
playhouse this spring. Taber Timmons, who plays Dorothy and will be a camp
counselor, added, “Little Princess offers a tremendous outreach for our community.”
the double feature are $4 and will be available at the door. Seating is
limited. Parking is free and available in the nearby Memorial Auditorium lot. For
more information, call 477-1638.