From the Kingdom of Ipslonia comes The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences’ first show of the season, Princess and the Pea. Scott Weinstein makes his Marriott Theatre directorial debut, joined by Musical Director Ryan T. Nelson. It’s a modern spin on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. An imaginative story for all ages, this family friendly play is a celebration of everlasting love and staying true to oneself no matter what the circumstances.
Synopsis: When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the “Princess Test.” Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a “true” princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea – of which she has no knowledge – she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess!
Although I was not able to attend the press opening, I left the job in 4 very capable hands. My sister Casey and her 6 year old daughter Hayden, and Casey’s SIL, Pam and her 3 year old daughter Olivia. Here are their thoughts:
Casey: The play is very entertaining for both kids and adults. I laughed a lot because the humor was aimed at adults and kids. In fact, I heard as many adults laughing as kids.
Hayden: The actors were really funny.
Casey: Terrific use of the stage. Marriott theatre for Yound Adults is round, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house and the actors knew how to move around the stage and play all angles.
Pam and Olivia: It was a a nice blend of a classic story (I’m glad they didn’t mess with the central plot) but updated for modern times with the use of TVs for the “live news updates” throughout the show.
Hayden: the TV’s were cool.
Pam and Olivia: our favorite part was when the prince was in the forest lost, as was Ruth, and kept missing each other until they “found” each other – romantic! I also enjoyed that the show was an hour long, perfect and the maximum viewing for a 3 year old!All in all, such a great show.
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA stars
- Alex Goodrich as PrinceWellington
- Dara Cameron as Ruth
- Susan Moniz as Queen Evermean
- Don Forston as Papa and TV Reporter
- Samantha Pauly as Buffy
- Derrick Trumbly as Chester
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences team will be headed up by Lead Artistic Director Andy Hite, with Costume Designer Nancy Missimi, Lighting Designer Brian Hoehne, Sound Designer Bob Gilmartin, Set and Props Designer Jeff Kmiec and Musical Supervisor Patti Garwood.
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA plays most Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 AM and 12:30 PM. Visit MarriottTheatre.com or call 847.634.0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates vary. Single ticket prices are $17.23 per person (includes fees and taxes). Groups of 20 or more receive a discount by calling 847.634.5909. Free parking is available at all shows. To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.