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If you haven’t heard of the musical A Little Princess, you’re not alone. DreamWrights Guest Director Amanda Nowell had not heard of it either. But when the 2019 season was announced, she picked up a copy of the book and began to research the musical itself. 

“I listened to the music and immediately fell in love,” Nowell said. “The beautiful ballads paired with the African tribal numbers and funky beats made this my top choice to direct for the 2019 season.”

A Little Princess is based on the classic novel that takes audiences on a journey from Victorian England to Africa. Young Sara Crewe is separated from her father and sent to boarding school in England where she wins the affection of the students but draws the ire of the headmistress. Sara undergoes loss and is forced to work for the school instead of attending it, and uses her imagination to transform the situation into a place of magic and mystery. 

Nowell is excited to bring the big ensemble numbers to life with choreography and complicated rhythms through the help of her two choreographers. Nowell is also the vocal director for the show.

“When I met with my full company for the first time, we discussed the themes of the show. One of the actors said that she believed the main theme was that there is always light in the darkness,” Nowell said. “I really hope that the audience leaves the theater with a sense of hope, friendship, love, and always seeking the light in the darkness.” 

The theme for DreamWrights’ 2019 season is “Celebrating Life,” and Nowell said the show fits in and is the perfect one for the season. “Even though there is a lot of sadness in the show, the characters, at least most of them, are able to find joy in their lives. They trust things will get better and find hope even in the worst circumstances,” she said. 

A Little Princess runs Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 with Friday performances at 7 p.m. and the rest at 2 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $12 or $16 in advance and $2 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased without fees at DreamWrights.org.

The Touch Tour and Audio Described show is set for Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Reservations are required and can be done by calling DreamWrights at 717-848-8623 or by emailing info@dreamwrights.org.

This show is sponsored in part by the Harley Davidson Foundation and the M&T Charitable Trust.