FRAMINGHAM – Friday is opening night for Framingham High School Drama Company’s production of The Little Prince.
But this morning, fourth-grade students from Wilson Elementary School were treated to a preview of the production, under the direction of Stephanie Henry and student director Catherine Giorgetti.
Henry read the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published in the 1940s, when she was in elementary school.
“I read it in French,” she said, as I attended a French immersion school.
“The book reminds me of my childhood, and I wanted to bring it to the stage,” said Henry.
One of the Wilson fourth graders told Henry it is the “best play” she has ever seen.
After the show, the students asked Henry questions about the flying and what happened to the Prince at the end.
“You have been our best student audience ever,” said Henry to the students, who said the play can be interpreted many ways.
The book has just five main characters, but Henry’s production uses almost 3 dozen actors and actresses on the stage.
Katie Hewlett is The Little Prince, with senior Andrew Caira as the Aviator.
Eli Bondar is the Old Man, with senior Jordana Kagan as the Rose. Jessie Landes is The Fox.
The play features original music by Framingham High senior Jordan Ramsay, and student choreography by senior Stephanie Fawell.
“It’s almost a musical, but with no singing,” joked Henry.
The production has a lot of movement for a play, she said.
“Stephanie worked out the flight scenes,” said Henry. “They are incredible.”
The show is 75 minutes long, with no intermission.
The drama company will stage two performances – Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the high school’s auditorium.
Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.showtix4u.com or $12 at the door.
The show is produced through special arrangements with Dramatic Publishing.
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