Based on the popular children’s novel first published in 1902, ACCT’s production of “The Little Princess” will delight both adults and young people alike.
Enrolled in a London boarding school, the clever and intelligent Sara Crewe (Katherine Kailey), enjoys a life of comfort and privilege, thanks to her doting father, Captain Crewe (Michael Doane), a wealthy businessman who ensures that Sara has the best of everything—the finest dresses, the most beautiful dolls, even a maid and her very own pony.
…will delight both adults and young people alike.
Although she is a kind girl and sensitive to those struggling around her, Sara truly shows her metal when tragedy strikes and her father’s fortune is lost. Instead of dissolving into self-pity, Sara views her reduced circumstances as a chance to figure out who she really is and to reach out to those less fortunate. Following a bit of intrigue and a magnificent twist of fate, all is well in the end.
The cast is brimming with talented young girls who effortlessly meet the challenge of bringing a demanding script to life. Kailey is superb as Sara, portraying the quick-witted “little princess” with sincerity and warmth. Dara Kearney captured the good-natured but awkward character of Ermengarde, and Sarah King (Lavinia) convincingly embodied the haughty, jealous schoolgirl who resents Sara’s good fortune.
In a story with good and bad characters, Miss Amelia (Macey Porter) provided maybe the most satisfying moment in the play when she finally tells Miss Minchin (Marilyn Pifer), the school’s headmistress, what a distasteful person she is, which of course, is a tribute to Pifer’s excellent character portrayal. Perhaps the most exotic character, Ram Dass, played by Scott Stofko added a touch of magic and mystery to the story.
The team of Charles Dragonette (set dressing), Bobbie Herbst (properties design), Meg Jewett (set painter), and Becky Patton (set design/costumes) transformed the stage into a school, bakery, parlor, and a London street (among other spots) of the late Victorian era with an attention to detail that lent a real authenticity to the production.
Director Corey Bales must have a gift for working with young actors, having gotten such solid and spirited performances out of the youthful cast.
While “A Little Princess” is an entertaining story, the play also asks the audience to consider an important question, one well worth pondering, “Who are we when the chips are down? Are we only good when life is good? Or, like the little princess, can we rise above adversity to learn from our circumstances and be a comfort to those near us?” “The Little Princess” will help you find the answers.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
“A Little Princess” runs through July 23 at Aldersgate Church Community Theater, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22308. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.