Curtain set to rise on ‘A Little Princess’

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Curtain set to rise on ‘A Little Princess’

In show business, crunch time is what the actors and musicians call the last weeks before the show opens. That is certainly true for Children’s Musical Theatre’s Oklahoma premiere of “A Little Princess.”

The musical opens July 18-21 at the Bartlesville Community Center. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m.; the Sunday performance begins at 3 p.m.

Following each production, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the cast members and ask for autographs in Community Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Soon the large cast of characters, who have been working to learn lines, stage movement and song and dance numbers, will take the stage for rehearsals at the Bartlesville Community Center.

The ultimate goal is a magical show which will satisfy people of all ages and temperaments and make them forget their troubles for a while, say officials with the show.

Volunteers have been working on set construction, props, costumes and special lighting and sound effects in anticipation of the show. Now another focus will be the timing of all these factors to make a smooth production during the run of the show.

Director Reegan McKenzie, choreographer Lesley Jennings, music director Marjoleine Gravley and pit orchestra director Alex Claussen have worked many hours to make this “premiere” memorable for cast, crew, musicians and audience and volunteers.

Based on the story by Francis Hodgson Burnett, the script has been revised and a musical score and orchestrations have been added. This version is by Tony-nominated composer and Lyricist Andrew Lippa and award-winning book writer and lyricist Brian Crawley.

Tickets are on sale at the BCC box office in person during regular hours, or by calling 918-336-2787. Adults are $20 and students are $13; ticket prices include a $3 handling fee. All seats are reserved.

Children’s Musical Theatre is grateful for the financial assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Allied Arts and Humanities Council, the Bartlesville Community Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Musical Research Society Foundation, Phillips 66 and individual patrons and sponsors. Contributions are tax-deductible in the years in which they are donated.