This Easter families will have the chance to see the East Anglian Premiere of the feel-good musical, A Little Princess at OPEN in Norwich. This will be the first production for new youth theatre company, Echo Youth Theatre, and promises to be an event for all generations to enjoy.
Written by Tony-nominated composer/lyricist, Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), and Brian Crawley (Violet), A Little Princess is based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In this version of the tale, the story expands beyond the confines of Victorian England to Africa and includes lively African music and dance within its truly exhilarating and unique score. Separated from her father in Africa, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her, her imagination and story-telling help to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As Sara wins the affection of the other boarders, she crosses Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress, who forces Sara to work as a maid, when her father is reported dead. Sara counters all of Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her, while maintaining the grace and virtue of a little princess.
Echo Youth Theatre launched, in partnership with OPEN, in December 2017 with the aim of providing high quality theatre training and performance opportunities for young people, but without the burden of regular classes and termly fees. Co-founder Dan Rayner said of the company, “We believe that providing a variety of opportunities, working with a range of different directors, practitioners and artists enables our members to develop both as young people and as all-round performers. EYT works with some of Norfolk’s most talented creative teams to provide high quality productions plus a series of workshops throughout the year.”
Echo Youth Theatre’s debut production, A Little Princess, is the perfect show for all ages and is guaranteed to bring a smile.
A Little Princess
OPEN, Bank Plain, Norwich
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th April 2018, 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm matinees on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April.
Tickets – £15 Adults / £10 under-18s
Buy tickets: www.opennorwich.org.uk
Echo Youth Theatre – www.echoyouththeatre.co.uk