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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: The Little Prince

Daniel Brochu and Harry Standjofski (photo: David Babcock)

Beyond The Young Audience
The Prince may be little, the effect not
by Estelle Rosen

I love theatre for young audiences. Their honest reaction leaves no doubt what they like, more specifically what they don’t like, what is boring. They loved The Little Prince – as did I. Never having seen the play or the movie, I was truly impressed by a touching story told with great sensitivity.

Ostensibly a children’s book, life lessons in The Little Prince are invaluable for anyone at any age. Unimpressed by his first encounter with the narrow minded and vain nature of adults, to the Little Prince grown-ups are strange - overly concerned with money (he wonders what good is it to be rich).

When  Little Prince befriends a fox, he learns an invaluable lesson: important things in life are visible only to the heart. Not a bad message for all of us. Set and lighting design by Ana Cappelluto  smoothly handled scene changes with simplicity. Multi-talented Harry Standjofski shone. Daniel Brochu suited The Little Prince role naturally.

Nature Boy song lyrics fit perfectly. The greatest thing ever learned is to love and be loved in return.

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