From left are Alice played by Rose Leitner, the Mad Hatter played by Tyler Schwind and the White Rabbit played by Frank Irvin.
to headline Little Princess Playhouse spring playbill
Princess Playhouse at Shippensburg University will present a special double
feature presentation highlighted by a performance of Alice in Wonderland.
playhouse, sponsored by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, will present Alice in Wonderland with Beauty and the Beast. The double feature
will be presented at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on April 26 and May 3. The
performances are in Stewart Hall, recognized by its castle-like exterior
presenting a perfect location for children’s theatre.
stories focus on developing friendships, sometimes between the most unlikely of
characters. The shows are the final project for the Creating Children’s Theatre
class. Many of the university students featured are education majors. “We love interacting
with the children. We are so close to the audience that the kids can touch us,”
said Josh Ebright, “It’s really a classroom in the shape of a theatre. They
learn to listen, think, respond and react. That’s what will happen in our
to Sarah Stone, “I am majoring in early education. The thing that most excites
me about this project is that we give children reason to embrace their racing
Wallace agrees. “As a future teacher, I can’t wait to make the stories I used
to read come alive for children,” she laughs, “plus, I am also conquering my
nerves,” she said.
Wood also agrees. “Theatre can change a child’s life, just as it has changed
mine,” he said.
it feels like to play such crazy characters? Sophomore Lauryn King, who plays a
talking doorknob, said “It is all in fun for the children.” According to Brad
Lytle, “When a child has a genuine laugh, it fills all of us with joy.”
Timmons sums up the mission of the playhouse: “It allows us to grow self-confidence
and ignite our creativity through wholesome entertainment, while welcoming
children and families to our university home. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
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.