Artistic Cauldron presents The Princess and the Goblin, an authentic adaptation primarily based on the novel by George MacDonald. Administrators Laura Connors Hull, Lenny Mendez, and Will Stevenson tailor-made this manufacturing for the performers of Studying Theater Studio, a program at Artistic Cauldron for youngsters within the performing arts. This program helps college students hone their stage presence and teamwork expertise by educating useful instruments and methods alongside skilled actors who workshop with them to create a ultimate manufacturing. With music by Matt Conner and lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith, The Princess and the Goblin is a enjoyable choose for the Studying Theater Studio, and a stable selection for a night of household enjoyable.
In the event you’re conversant in Artistic Cauldron, you’ll comprehend it’s a black field theater, which makes it a small, intimate venue. Since Studying Theater Studio productions are likely to have giant casts, Set Designer Margie Jervis wanted to permit for lots of motion with out a lot house. She does this by creating a number of platforms that allow the kids to go up, down, over, and underneath a number of heights — an unfocused eye may mistake them for a Gymboree class. Jervis’ design skills shine with the costumes, significantly the large, goofy goblin heads structured from wire mesh (a sensible method to cover facemasks for many who select to put on one). Lighting Designer James Morrison completes the ambiance with inventive components equivalent to tapestries projected onto the wall and the phantasm of speeding water and dappled daylight.
Emma Howell is charming as Princess Irene, an adventurous lady who struggles together with her loving however extremely overprotective nurse, Lootie (Sophie Silva). Feeling stifled, Irene sneaks away to discover the fort, discovering new delights such because the serene, mystical determine of her great-great-great grandmother Irene, who lives in a fort tower. Nonetheless, these escapades additionally unearth hazard within the type of an underground goblin palace and the goblins’ darkish plan to overthrow the actual royal household. With assist from her new good friend Curdie (a enjoyable efficiency by Henry Gill), her grandmother, and the fort workers, Irene works to discover a method to save her household from the goblins’ evil plot.
It’s apparent from the beginning that the younger forged is having a complete lot of enjoyable onstage, and it’s an vitality that’s contagious and seeps into the viewers. There are some enjoyable musical numbers, together with “Googo Goblin Gogo” and the extra touching, memorable quantity “Gentle Out of the Darkness.” For my part, the goblins are the spotlight of the present, significantly Zoe Folse Sibert, who stands out because the haughty Goblin Queen, and Madeline Varho because the dippy Prince Hairlip. Gus Knapp and Lenny Mendez are the grownup actors within the manufacturing and show to be good assist for the kids of their roles as King and Grandmother Irene. Since these youngsters are solely starting to hone their craft, the appearing will be rough-around-the-edges, however I at all times encourage households to carry their youngsters to reveals that showcase younger casts, particularly households with youngsters who’re within the performing arts. I’ve discovered that children significantly take pleasure in watching different youngsters thrive onstage — it’s an thrilling and provoking expertise for them, and received’t quickly be forgotten.
Taking your youngsters to reside theater is an enriching funding, and the chance is very inspiring when the forged is made up of youngsters in their very own age group — their friends. Why not begin with a exhibiting of The Princess and the Goblin at Artistic Cauldron?
Working Time: 90 minutes, with out an intermission.
The Princess and the Goblin performs by way of November 20, 2022, at Artistic Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA. For tickets, ($20 for adults and $18 for college students) name 703-436-9948 or buy them on-line.
COVID Security: Masks are required always for all patrons and guests no matter vaccination standing throughout all indoor performances. Masks have to be worn within the foyer, contained in the theater, and in restrooms. The whole Artistic Cauldron COVID-19 Protocols are right here.
The Princess and the Goblin
A Studying Theater Manufacturing
Tailored by Laura Connors Hull from the basic novel by George MacDonald
With Music by Matt Conner and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
Artistic Cauldron proclaims 2022/23 season of all new work (information story, August 16, 2022)