Central Lakes College Children's Theatre will present two public performances of "The Pig Prince" on Saturday in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus, CLC announced in a news release.
The performances are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
"The Pig Prince" is the story of Prince Patrick Isaac George Glenn Yesterheimer - Piggy for short - who is rude, lacks manners, talks back to his parents and has no respect for others.
The prince's piggish behavior has given good pigs a bad reputation. The king and queen have lost control of their mean-spirited son. Who can help change this rude child and save the kingdom?
An emergency call to Nanny Central and Nanny Carrie Poppins, Mary's younger sister, is on the way to save the day. But can she really turn a piggish boar into a polite young man with good manners and breeding? She has her work cut out for her.
Taylor Shields (back left), Jenny Moon and Gregory McGillis, as the prince, are among the cast members in the Central Lakes College Children's Theatre production of "The Pig Prince."
The play is written and directed by Dennis Lamberson, CLC theater instructor, the 11th production he has written for the Children's Theatre Troupe.
"'The Pig Prince' is a participation play in which the audience plays the royal court and becomes a part of the action of the production," Lamberson said. "Being presented in the 170-seat Dryden Theatre, the audience-actor relationship is very intimate. This environment encourages the audience to become very involved in the action of the production. Children in the front row are around a foot away from the actors and are encouraged to talk to the performers when asked questions."
In 2008, Drama Source published "The Magic Theatre Trunk," an anthology of three of Lamberson's children's theater plays, which were first produced at Central Lakes College. In March, his play "The Life and Times of Johnny Smith," which critics called "a beautiful, haunting play," was presented by The Actors Theatre Co. of Santa Cruz, Calif.
"The Pig Prince" plays to school audiences from April 7 to May 7. The performances sold out in December.
This is the 28th year that the Brainerd School District's Community Education program has paid for all second-graders in the district to attend the production. Lamberson said adults who "saw the children's theater productions in the second grade years ago are now bringing their children to see theater at Central Lakes College. Many theater students come to CLC because they were inspired by their children's theater experience.
Central Lakes College Children's Theatre's "The Pig Prince" cast will present public performances of the play at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd college campus.
"The theater department is truly grateful for the continuous support that we have received from community ed. For some children, this is their only K-12 theater experience."
Cast members of "The Pig Prince" are Tyler Hansen, Rogers; Alicia Smith and Katie Maine, Staples; Elaina LaSart, Deerwood; Jenny Moon, Pequot Lakes; Ashley Johnson, Princeton; Gregory McGillis, Little Falls; Andrea O'Keffe, Crosby; and Jenaya Duval and Taylor Shields, Brainerd.
The production is written for children age 3 and older and their families. The audience will be able to meet the cast and take photos with the actors after the performance.
Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199. Reservations are recommended.
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