The Little Prince
Drama by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Directed by: Al Schnupp
Date: Nov. 12, 13, 14 - 19, 20, 21
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Spanos Theatre
on the Cal Poly campus
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department were pleased to present its fall show, THE LITTLE PRINCE. The play is based upon the enormously popular French novella by Antonie de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in 1943 and “is the most-read and most-translated book in the French language.” The stage version is by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. When adapting the novella, the composer and lyricist underscored much of the action with music. The play was presented by permission of Dramatic Publishing.
An aviator crash-lands in the desert. While struggling to repair his airplane and survive in the harsh climate, he is visited by the Little Prince. The strange, innocent, mysterious little boy regales the aviator with the tales of his travels - sailing among the stars, visiting fantastical planets and meeting unique characters. The stories of the Little Prince awakens the lost child in the Aviator, reconnects him to his dreams and helps him survive his ordeal. Their relationship is tender-hearted, inspiring and heartbreaking. The landscape in which they find themselves seems to be imbued with magic and light.
The cast was comprised of twelve actors. Most characters were performed by live actors, however the production also featured five hand-crafted puppets that are articulated by four puppeteers. The setting was comprised of a vast three-dimensional backdrop that feature planets, interconnected with gears, wheels, belts and mechanical devices. A stylized vintage airplane was also featured prominently in the design. The illustrations, drawn by the Aviator, were projected onto a large screen with synchronized drawings by artist Beatriz Pereira.
Al Schnupp was the designer and director. Kimberlee Vandenburg, a senior Theatre Arts Major, was the costume designer, assisted by faculty member Thomas John Bernard. Clint Bryson, the Department Technical Director, designed lights.
Performances took place over two weekends: November 12, 13, 14 and November 19, 20, 21. All performances began at 8 pm in Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus.
General admission is $20.00. Tickets for students, faculty, staff, children and senior citizens are $12.00. To purchase tickets, please call 805-756-4TIX or visit the Performing Arts Center website.
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