‘Prince and the Pauper’ is a play for all ages | TheUnion.com

‘Prince and the Pauper’ is a play for all ages

The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild is proud to announce its spring musical production of “The Prince and the Pauper,” which is adapted for the stage from Mark Twain’s classic. The play runs for two weekends at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

“The Prince and the Pauper” is one of the most famous stories of all time and one of the most inspiring tales of human nature. It is set in 16th Century England and focuses on the character of Prince Edward, Henry VIII’s only son. Edward is thrown out into the rough, barbaric streets of London and rapidly learns how to survive. He quickly learns some valuable principles and is exposed first-hand to the life of the people that he will someday rule. Meanwhile, in the Palace, Tom Canty, much to his dismay, is taken for the prince – a look-alike.

What is so fascinating about this script is that it introduces three future queens as young girls and gives us a glimpse of who they will become. They are Mary and Elizabeth, both daughters of Henry VIII, and Lady Jane Grey.

This script is full-bodied entertainment for audiences and casts of all ages. Because of its historically correct portrayal of the 16th Century, it is an excellent companion for Renaissance studies within the classroom.

It even sports two songs written by King Henry VIII, one lively and one inspirational. Paulette Rudolph directs a cast of 46 local, young, talented thespians. The period costumes are designed by Catherine Ione with original music by Mila Johansen and Beverly Marks.

WHAT: “The Prince and the Pauper” – a musical

WHEN: Tonight (preview at $5) and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; March 31 at 7 p.m.; April 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: Adults, $9 in advance or $10 at the door; children 12 and under, $4 advance and $5 at the door; students and seniors $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Purchase tickets at Harmony Books in Nevada City, The Book Seller and BriarPatch Market in Grass Valley and The Holiday Market in Penn Valley.

INFORMATION: Call 277-7100 (voice mail/cell) or Paulette at 273-4254 for information or e-mail at ptrudolph@sbcglobal.net.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User