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Culture Hit List: 'A Little Princess' Grand Musical

A must-see for the kids and kids at heart.
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REPERTORY PHILIPPINES' "A LITTLE PRINCESS"

WHEN TO GO: Ongoing from November 18 to December 18; Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati; 843.3570, 584.8458; repertoryphilippines.ph.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: "I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” – Sara Crewe, A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess is the story many girls have read and re-read from cover-to-cover. Honored as one of the “Top 100 Chapter Books” of all time by the School Library Journal, the classic novel begins with an adoring father forced to leave his precious little girl at an elite London boarding school. It is the story of how this clever and imaginative girl’s world is turned upside down when she is left in poverty after her beloved father’s death. Forced to work as a servant, it is her story of survival and hope. Director Dexter Santos says that Repertory Philippines’s version “retains the iconic characters that Filipinos have learned to love. To see these characters and their stories in text, music, and dance will be a treat for the young and the old.”

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WHAT TO CHECK OUT: Never before shown in the country, Repertory adds a little twist to the plot, making the story even fresher and brighter for its 49th year. The young heroine, Sara, who in the original story was born in India, is now from Africa. According to Rep’s CEO Mindy Perez-Rubio, “I know Dexter wants to go big with the African scenes and dances. The musical was written for a Broadway production. The music toggles between lovely, haunting melodies to wild African singing and dancing.” It is Santos’ hope that they will be able to fuse foggy London and vibrant Africa in a heart-warming musical.

A Little Princess (Grand Musical) stars Jillian Ita-as and Gabby Padilla alternating as Sara Crewe along with Patrice Pacis, Noel Rayos, Cara Barredo, Naths Everett, and Teenee Chan, to name a few. With noted artist Dexter Santos at the helm as director, musical director Ejay Yatco, and New York-based set designer Mio Infante, Repertory Philippines is putting out all the stops to make this musical a masterpiece.

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--KARISIA A. BITONG


Young Royals Jillian Ita-as as Sara Crewe, Sophia Bradshaw Volante as Lottie and Anna Del Vera as Ermengarde
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