Danville Light Opera features a cast of 40 talented youths in its summer musical, “A Little Princess,” which opens this weekend at the Danville Area Community College Bremer auditorium.
The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“‘A Little Princess’ is heartwarming family entertainment,” director Stephanie Keller said. “This musical showcases so many talented children between the ages of 8 and 16 who live right in our area. It would make a great family outing that’s suitable for all ages.”
This engaging musical adaptation of the classic “Sara Crewe” by Frances Hodgson Burnett takes place in late 19th-century England. Sara Crewe enters Miss Minchin’s boarding school while her soldier father travels to distant India.
Sadly, Capt. Crewe disappears and is assumed to be dead. Suddenly poverty-stricken, Sara is forced by the greedy Minchin to become a servant and live in a wretched attic room. When a mysterious gentleman from India moves next door, curious things begin to happen.
A touching and beautiful score adds a magical touch to this enchanting show. Featured songs are “The Best Gift of All,” “A Proper English Girl,” “A Sunny Day in London” and the title song, “A Little Princess.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths through high school age. Tickets are available at BC Collectibles, the Java Hut, and First Savings Bank, as well as at the door 30 minutes before each performance.
“We have had the good fortune to find the most amazing young actors,” Keller said. “They have mastered ‘Bollywood’ dancing and speaking with British accents, as well as some beautiful and fun music.”
Principal cast members include Kara Howie as Ermengarde St. John, Cathleen Clark as Lottie, Amy Mills as Alice, Marli Perez as Jessie, and Morgan Klett as Lavinia.
Also in the show are Annika Downey as Miss Amelia, Karis Romig as Miss Minchin, Madison Thompson as Becky, Tim Mills as Mr. Barrow, and Briane White as Cook.
Among the other cast members are Isabella Peters as Sara Crewe, Sammy Wesner as Mrs. Carmichael, Kalen McGowan as Ram Dass/Captain Crewe, Georgie Kiser as Miss Perkins, Eli Nardoni as Mr. Carrisford, and Tony Barnes as Mr. Carmichael.
Other actors in “A Little Princess” play pupils, members of the town ensemble, or members of Ram Dass’s Menagerie in the musical production. The show’s student director is Zayne McCorkle. The producer is Marilyn Unzicker, and Karen Romig is music director.
Georgie Kiser, who plays the main Miss Perkins, has been acting and singing on stage since she was 6 years old, performing with both the Red Mask Players and the DLO. She has taken dancing lessons since age 2 and hopes to play on Broadway someday.
Kiser also is a member of the Redcoats at North Ridge Middle School, where she will enter seventh grade in August.
‘“The Little Princess’ is really a fun show that people will enjoy,” she said. “I like playing the part of Miss Perkins.”