Courtesy Liberty Theatre
ASTORIA — The Astoria School of Ballet and the Liberty Theatre present “A Little Princess” 7 p.m. Friday, May 4. General admission tickets are $15.
Margaret Wall’s ballet adaptation, with music by Jules Massenet, is based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
When her father, Captain Crewe, goes off to fight in the Boer War, young Sara Crewe is placed into the care of Amanda Minchin, the head of an exclusive private school for girls. Sara lives the wonderful life of a privileged child and is quite happy in her surroundings.
When her father is listed as missing in action, her life goes from one of plenty to that of a poor housemaid. Mrs. Minchin agrees to keep her on at the school, but in the absence of her tuition payments, she has to work for her keep. She is soon cleaning out the fireplace and scrubbing floors and is dubbed the “little princess” by her schoolmates. She also refuses to accept that her father is dead and prowls the hospitals in the hope of locating him. Luck — and Royal intervention — assist her in her quest.
This yearly collaboration between the Astoria School of Ballet and the Liberty Theatre exposes an average of 1,300 children to the wonders of ballet during field trip performances to our grand theater. Last year’s program was so popular that this year we’ve added a fourth school performance for a total of 2,200 area schoolchildren.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of these performances, contact the Liberty. The theater, located at 1203 Commercial St., is a nonprofit performing arts center. Donations may be tax deductible.