REVIEW: ‘The Princess and the Pea’ at Media Theatre
Our mom reviewer says this show is great for first-time theatergoers as well as old hands.
The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts has created a funny, engaging version of Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Princess and the Pea. The production, which runs on Sundays at noon through February 25th, is perfect for a child new to live theater.
Young theater-goers will enjoy seeing their peers on stage in The Princess and the Pea. All of the performers are students at the theater’s drama school, and the acting and singing is top-notch.
The show, which is an easy one hour long, opens with a group of children listening to a story being told by Andersen himself. This model is ideal, as he checks understanding of the story with his little audience — and thus, with the entire real audience — throughout the play. Intermittently throughout the play, he asks the children questions that your little audience member may also have and provides answers before the story continues.
The Media Theatre’s interpretation of this classic story has child-level humor that is just silly enough for kids while not being so silly that it isn’t enjoyable for adults. During his search for a princess, the prince connects with his modern-day audience using some contemporary phrases and jokes.
The princesses each have a funny quirk highlighted in one of the original songs from the company’s resident musical director, Ben Kapilow’s. The final princess, who is indeed sensitive enough to feel the pea underneath her 20 mattresses, is engaging and funny. And the play has every child’s favorite element: audience participation! Children are invited on stage to dance at a party at the king and queen’s castle.
If you have a child who is new to live theater, this production is a great first play due to its length and format. Children who are established theater-lovers will enjoy it, as well. And parents will like how accessible the theater is: right in downtown Media with easy parking and many kid-friendly dining options nearby.
The Princess and the Pea can be enjoyed by children as young as 3, all the way up to 12.
The Princess and the Pea runs at The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sundays at noon through February 25th. Tickets are $12-15 for adults, and can be purchased at the Media Theatre’s website.
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