2012-12-28 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

‘The Little Prince’ Comes To Westbury

The highly acclaimed theatrical adaption of The Little Prince written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery arrives for one show only at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, with puppet design by Michael Schupback and Set Design by Tom Gleeson, The Little Prince has costumes design by Millie Hiibel with lighting design by Ryan O’Gara and sound design by William Neal. The original music was composed by Rick Cummins and is based on the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production originally directed by Scott Hitz.

All grown-ups were children once, although few of us remember the wonderment of childhood. This astonishing and beautiful tale will remind you! A pilot crashes in the Sahara desert and while frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane he is interrupted by the apparition of a little boy who asks him to draw a sheep. As absurd as it seems, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, he takes out a scrap of paper and a pen. And so begins their adventure.

An astonishing new take on this classic story, often assumed to be for children. The Little Prince is actually a tale for all ages about understanding how to laugh, love and cry again. In association with Emmy Award Winning puppet designer Michael Schupbach, and Monkey Boys Productions (puppet builders on the West End production of Avenue Q and the most recent Broadway production/tour of Little Shop of Horrors) this beautiful new production uses inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent design to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter.

This Little Prince is a multi-layered visual feast to awaken the child tucked away inside us all.

The Little Prince, by Antione de St. Exupery was written in 1943 and has sold more than 80 million copies in almost 200 languages. It has been the inspiration for operas, symphonies, musicals, plays, movies, television shows, and cartoons. The book is based on St. Exupery’s life as an aviator before and during World War II and his relationship with his wife, Consuelo, represented by The Rose. Masquerading as a children’s story, the novella is filled with wise observations about love and life including, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye” and “It is the time that you devote to your rose that makes your rose so important.”

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