Our version of “The Little Prince” will be a visually stunning and complex retelling of the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. While the book is typically found in the Young Adult section of a bookstore or library, the story has widespread appeal to all ages and reflects on numerous adult-centric themes: What is truth and what is imaginary? What is lost when we grow from child to adult? What happens when we die? “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
This production will be a joint effort between the Mud Creek Players and a team of young designing artists from The ACT, an MCP youth outreach program for area high school theatre enthusiasts. The youth will also write, direct and produce a short one-act preshow to highlight some of the themes of “The Little Prince” and set the tone for the main attraction.
Auditions will be open for all roles as listed below. It is, however, recommended that actors between the ages of 14 and 18 contact us in advance to learn about The ACT so they may participate fully in both the main show and the preshow.
AVIATOR - Adult Male - MUST be physically able to lift and carry a 60 lb. to 110 lb child for up to five minutes. He should be in otherwise good physical condition. - LEAD
THE LITTLE PRINCE - Male child (8 to 13 ) - or - SMALL female willing to play a male presenting boy. Max weight 110 lbs. - LEAD
ROSE - Female - 16 or older - leaner body type (she is an actual flower) - FEATURED
SNAKE - Male or Female - Should have excellent body control - dancer preferred - FEATURED
FOX - Male or Female - Must be able to work on knees, bend, sit on the floor, etc. - FEATURED
The following are SPECIAL ENSEMBLE ROLES - They will have a few lines each but also will perform in the SCENIC ENSEMBLE. Some performers may appear in multiple roles. All ensemble roles open to all genders, ages 14 and up.
KING, CONCEITED MAN, BUSINESSMAN, LAMPLIGHTER, GEOGRAPHER, DESERT FLOWER, WALL OF ROSES
SCENIC ENSEMBLE - Most of the scenic elements of this show will be created using humans on stage in unique costumes and employing various fabrics, hand props and puppets to convey space and time as the story progresses. All persons 14 and up who audition will be invited to participate in the ensemble if not cast in named roles.
Audition Dates: March 20th (4:00 pm - 6:30 pm) & 22nd (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) - Auditions will consist of readings from the script. No monologues required. (NOTE: One-act auditions for teen participants will be held on April 10th for ACT members.)
Rehearsals - There will be a read through dinner on March 24th and then regular rehearsals will begin Sundays and weeknights beginning on April 12th. Rehearsal period commitment will depend on the role. MANDATORY DATES: 5/21 Tech Day, 11:00a to 7:00p, 5/23-5/26 Full Cast Runs, 5/31 & 6/1 Dress Rehearsals, 6/25 Mandatory Strike and Cast Party!
Show Run - Preview on 6/2, Opens 6/3 with Friday and Saturday night performances until 6/18. Matinee on Sunday, June 12th.