The play, set in Victorian England, is loyal to Burnett’s tale of Sara Crewe, the cherished daughter of a retired British officer who’s sent from her home in India to a boarding school in London. The haughty headmistress, Miss Minchin, is happy to have the wealthy young heiress as a student until the news comes that Sara’s father has died and her fortune is lost due to bad investments. Sara then must work as a servant at the school, but her luck changes for the better when a gentleman from India moves in next door.
The production is the culmination of a multi-generational show class, taught by Executive Director Penelope Reed, in which the students ranging in age from 8 to 16 and adults learn acting and musical-theatre techniques from the Hedgerow ensemble while preparing to appear at the historic theatre. “A Little Princess is always a big hit as a show class with our young actors,” said Reed, “and we’re one of the few places where parents can take the class along with their children and then act with them on stage.”
The charming score by Bill Francoeur includes “The Best Gift of All,” “A Proper English Girl,” “A Sunny Day in London,” and the title song, “A Little Princess.”
The younger members of the cast include Avery Anderson, Danielle DiFiore, Josei Intham, Lois Moyar, Leah O’Neill, Amelia and Isabella Phillips, Sofia Tamburello, and Madeline Theveny of Media; Ellie Barrickman of West Chester, Gabby Dove of Sharon Hill; Ella Grossman, Abigail Kanes, and Michael and Anna Tang of Swarthmore; Gabrielle Harrison of Coatesville; Alexi Kosturos of Broomall, Vivian Maucher of Wilmington, Caitllyn and Moira McKniff of Brookhaven; Catherine Momjian of Newtown Square; and Mikaylah Wade of Drexel Hill.
Adult students include Ann Byun of Swarthmore, mother of Abigail Kanes; and Bruce and Christine Momjian of Newtown Square, parents of Catherine.
Others appearing are Hedgerow company members Susan Wefel as Miss Minchin, and Lily Dwoskin, Robert Pellechio and Joanna Volpe in multiple roles. Volpe also serves as choreographer, and Shaun Yates is the music director.
Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).