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The Prince and the Pauper
May 5, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
May 6, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.
May 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
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Mark Twain’s classic tale
comes to life onstage, freely and masterfully adapted with dynamic female roles, creative staging and a perfect balance of poignant and hilarious moments.
When Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, sees poor Tom Canty mistreated by one of his guards, he invites the pauper into the palace for a bite to eat. After conversing about each other’s lives, the prince suggests they exchange clothing for fun — in Tom’s rags, the prince looks like a “peacock fell in the mud ’n’ froze” while Tom claims the royal regalia is so heavy it’s “like to break me back.”
But the fun and games soon become harsh reality when the prince’s guards mistake Edward for the pauper and throw him into the street while Tom is ushered in to handle important stately affairs — which he fumbles through with hilarity and later, poise. Wearing each other’s shoes (literally), the boys discover what it’s like “on the other side,” and it doesn’t take long for each of them to appreciate the life they always knew.
What they each learn about the other’s world will illuminate their lives — and yours — forever.