By Nancy Churnin, Mila Vincent, Shayna Vincent & Johannah Luza ~
Mila Vincent, our intrepid 5-year-old theater critic, can’t go out to theaters the way she used to because of the coronavirus epidemic. But she’s been very happy with the wonderful opportunities to view streamed theater in the safety of her home. She stayed up late at night to watch Outcry Youth Theatre’s production of A Little Princess with her grandmother and co-reviewer Johannah Luza.
And, following Mila’s ongoing commitment to dress appropriately for shows, she put on a princess dress to view this new adaptation by Jason Johnson-Spinos of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book and features youth actors ages 7-15 in a show that runs just under 75 minutes.
Since the play was called A Little Princess, I wanted to dress up like a princess to watch it. Sara is a girl who is very rich. Her dad sends her to a boarding school in London. That’s a school that is far away and the kids sleep there and eat there all year. She misses her dad a lot and the other girls don’t like her at first. But she tells stories to them all the time and is very kind so they become friends. The lady who owns the school is nicer to Sara than the other kids because she knows her dad has lots of money. Her name is Miss Minchin, but really, she’s mean!
When Miss Minchin finds out that Sara’s dad died, she stops being nice to Sara and makes her sleep in the attic with the rats! Sara is very sad but she’s so nice that she even likes one of the rats and talks to him every day. When Miss Minchin tells her that she’s not a princess anymore Sara tells her that every little girl can be a princess no matter how rich or poor they are. She says if you’re kind, then you’re a princess on the inside. I liked Sara because she was even nice to a rat and I just don’t know if I could be that nice to a rat.
I must have somehow missed this story and movie growing up, but Shirley Temple was Sara in the movie. The children in this play did an excellent job and they only had two weeks to practice. I was amazed at how well they did in that amount of time. Seeing a play in person is of course always better and we have missed going to see them so much, but seeing on video was second best and we just pretended we were at the theater! Kudos to the children who did a great job!
A Little Princess
Where: Streaming on Your Computer or Tablet
When: Streaming through Midnight Sun. July 19
Cost: $10 | Your online ticket will allow you access to watch the performance for 24 hours after the time of your purchase.
Web: outcrytheatre.com | Scroll down and click on the “A Little Princess” graphic | To watch – click on the arrow in the picture | A pop-up will appear for you to buy your tickets.