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A Little Princess at Stirling Theatre

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
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See little Sara triumph over the wicked Miss Minchin
Frances Hodgson Burnett lived until well into the twentieth century, but her mind and heart were firmly set in Victorian sentiment. The three novels for children on which her reputation stand are The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.

A Little Princess, Playlovers, Stirling Theatre, Andrew Lippa, Brian Crawley, Lisa Johnson
The cast of A Little Princess from Playlovers (photograph courtesy of Playlovers)


Despite their somewhat cloying sentimentality the three have never lost popularity, never been out of print and have been adapted for stage and film many, many times. A Little Princess, for example, has been made into six full length films, the first in 1917 starring Mary Pickford and seven times for TV.

A Little Princess, Playlovers, Stirling Theatre, Andrew Lippa, Brian Crawley, Lisa Johnson
The cast of A Little Princess from Playlovers (photograph courtesy of Playlovers)


There are even eight separate musicals of the book, the best known of whch is book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) .

It is this version, written 99 years after the original, that Playlovers is presenting as their next production at Stirling Theatre.

A Little Princess, Playlovers, Stirling Theatre, Andrew Lippa, Brian Crawley, Lisa Johnson
The cast of A Little Princess from Playlovers (photograph courtesy of Playlovers)


Artistic Director is Lisa Johnston and Musical Director, Paul Olsen are joined by choreographer Amber Southall to present this well-loved story.

Young Sara Crewe has had what PC Wren called 'the curse of the Colonial' fall on her and she is sent to Miss Minchin's academy for young ladies boarding school in England while her father makes his fortune in Africa.

Beginning as a very wealthy young lady who has a pony and special lodgings, her fortunes reverse when the family supposedly loses everthing and Miss Minchin starts to take her mean-spirited revenge.

A Little Princess, Playlovers, Stirling Theatre, Andrew Lippa, Brian Crawley, Lisa Johnson
The cast of A Little Princess from Playlovers (photograph courtesy of Playlovers)


The production has attracted a highly talented cast of largely young actors (so there are alternate casts) with Sara Crewe played by Stephanie Shaw or Jasmine Dos Santos, Becky (Sophia Matthews), Aljana (Shikuku Cuthbertson) as well as
Richard Maganga, Paul Spencer, Celeste Underhill, Erin Craddock, Holly Jameison, Sienna Freeman, Katie Price, Ella Hagon, Bella Freeman, Josephine Ellis, Ella Simpson, Alexander Fleckner, Amber Southall, Meesha Williams, Tara Lynette Elliot, Steve Anderson and Samantha Chidoko, Sandra Chidoko, Tanyaradzwa Matibiri, Arthley Matibiri, Tamara Perro, Alexander Fleckner, Jamie-lee Olson, Sharon Malcolm and Eleanor Rowe.

Director Johnson: "This re-imagined version of the classic tale expands beyond the confines of Victorian England to Africa, giving the writers ample opportunity to include lively African music and dance, exotic locales like Mali and Timbuktu, and creating an unforgettable journey around the world."

A Little Princess runs from the 27th October at 8pm to the 12th November. Tickets cost $25 for adults ($20 Concession) and are available from Morris Newsagency (9440 1040) or on-line at Trybooking here.



A Little Princess, Playlovers, Stirling Theatre, Andrew Lippa, Brian Crawley, Lisa Johnson.
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Why? A musical of a well-loved story
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (matinees)
Phone: 9440 1040
Where: Stirling Theatre, 25 Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $25 (Adults) $20 (Concession)
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