|‘The Little Prince’ offers holiday stage alternative
As an alternative to yet another production of “A Christmas Carol” or “The Nutcracker,” Main Stage West in Sebastopol adds a twist to the holiday season with the world premiere of David Templeton’s new adaptation of Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s beloved classic “The Little Prince.”
It is a tale of love, sacrifice, the idealism of youth and the cynicism that can accompany forgotten dreams. With its iconic imagery and universal themes, “The Little Prince” will appeal to both children and adults on different levels. In this lyrical, delicate, two-person production, running Dec. 5-22, Sheri Lee Miller directs Keith Baker as the Aviator and Ivy Rose Miller as The Little Prince.
Saint-Exupery’s timeless story, written in 1943, begins when a pilot crash lands in the desert and wakes to find himself in the company of a mysterious child, a child in search of a sheep. While the pilot works to fix his broken plane under the looming threat of dehydration, he attempts to understand who this child might be, where he might be from, and what answers he might be searching for in his travels. In the course of their week together in the desert, the Little Prince shares stories of his adventures across the universe.
“The Little Prince” has been interpreted numerous times through movies, opera, ballet, plays, music and visual art since its original publication. After seeing this new adaptation, audiences will understand why the simple story of a Little Prince in need of a friend has mesmerized the minds and hearts of people young and old for 70 years.
Templeton is an acclaimed journalist and playwright whose previous work includes the award-winning “Pinky” and “Wretch Like Me.” He is the theater critic for KSRO radio, and is the host of “Second Row Center” on KRCB radio.
The Little Prince plays Dec. 5 (preview), 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22
with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 5 p.m. Thursdays are “pay what you will” nights. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for ages 25 and under. Main Stage West is located at 104 N. Main Street in Sebastopol. For tickets go to www.mainstagewest.com or call (707) 823-0177.