Rose State College presents the Princess and the Pea


By Emilee Pray

Volunteer Writer

 

The RSC Theater Program is performing the Princess and the Pea on May 1-4 in the Atkinson Theatre; Thursday through Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are free to RSC students and seniors over 65, $3 for all other students, and $5 for the general public.

The play is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name and tells the story of Prince Eric, who has just returned from a long, unsuccessful voyage to find a wife; he swears to never marry a princess and instead devote his time to reading.

His attitude gradually changes throughout the play after a strange young woman named Astrid arrives and declares that she is a real princess. Astrid is given three trials, each one drawing the prince closer to her, eventually culminating in the hardest test of them all; the challenge to see if she can detect a pea under 20 mattresses.

The plot stays true to the classic tale we know and love but includes a few changes. Theatre professor Rick Nelson noted that these were made over the course of their four-week rehearsals. The changes don’t show much in the writing or performance; viewers will think these modifications have been there from day one.

The updates to the story expand on the original tale nicely and add some much-appreciated humor, including several pop culture references. The actors gave very animated performances, and the joke delivery and timing was on point.

The costumes were well put together and just what you would expect for a play based on a fairy tale; they allowed the actors to be as expressive as they wanted with their body language.

The sets were simplistic but had lovely detail and allowed for quick scene changes. This minimalism also helped to draw more attention to the actors’ performances.

The Princess and the Pea is an animated and enjoyable play, perfect for families to watch together. Running at just about an hour long, it is ideal for those who would like bring children. This is the last play of the 2013-2014 season, but the RSC Theatre Program will be back in the fall.

 

 

 Photos by  Marisa Caban and Anthony Ferdinando  

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