Local Theater: The Princess and the Goblin

Your local arts community deserves your support. Sure, unless you live in New York, L.A. or Chicago, or some other large city, it’s not likely that you have a world class arts scene available. But there’s still a lot of very high quality stuff out there if you’ll only take the time to look for it.

Now I can’t say how much of a local theater scene your town has, but here in Fort Wayne there’s a number of impressive local theater groups to choose from. As longtime readers of this blog know, one that I’m very fond of is all for One Productions, and whenever they stage a new show I make it a point to tell you about it. Their latest show is The Princess and the Goblin, based on the book by George MacDonald, and it’s a bit different from their usual fare. For starters, it’s all one act – there will be no intermission in this show. Okay, okay, nothing earth-shattering about that.

Another big thing is that The Princess and the Goblin is aimed at a younger audience. But, perhaps the biggest difference of all, it will be the first afO production to make extensive use of dancers, who will not speak, both as extras and as set pieces (trust me this will make sense when you see it.) While hardly a musical in the traditional sense, it still promises to be an experience for all the senses.

If you’re not familiar with the story, a quick teaser goes something like this – long ago men fled the kingdom above and hid in tunnels under a mountain. Now they scheme revenge against the king and his daughter, and the miners who’s mines grow ever closer to the borders of the goblin’s lands. Princess Irene, the strange lady who claims to be her grandmother and Curdie the miner boy will all ultimately have a part to play in keeping the kingdom safe. Expect lots of humor and rhymes, with a touch of mystery and the bizarre to liven things up. It’s a show suited to the whole family.

Ticket prices and showtime information can be found here. Hope to see you there!

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