The Richland Performing Arts Center will showcase its younger talent during two musicals.
"A Little Princess" features approximately 75 students in grades seven through nine. It is scheduled to be performed April 13-15 with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. except for the final performance, which begins at 2 p.m.
Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the musical tells the story of Sara Crewe, who is expecting to inherit a large fortune. Things go awry when Crewe receives news that she has not only lost her father, but also the fortune. She is forced to become a servant and live in an attic room, at least until a mysterious Indian fellow moves next door. Songs in the musical include "The Best Gift of All," "A Proper English Girl" and "A Sunny Day in London."
"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley" is catered toward a younger audience, and it is to be performed by approximately 50 students in grades seven through 12. The show times are May 11 and 12, with both shows scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The musical is based on Jeff Brown's 1964 publication. Audiences will meet Stanley Lambchop, a normal child who is leading a normal life. But that's the problem: normal is not good enough for Stanley, and he wants to conquer the world. It's a classic case of "Be careful what you wish for."
Scott Miller, Richland Performing Arts Center executive director, said the students are dedicating their time to the production of these musicals.
"They're exceptional," he said. "Every year, we just raise the bar and we're so proud of their dedication to the arts. It's phenomenal to work with them."
Young actors showcased
The Richland Performing Arts Center (Submitted Photo)