“What do you want to be when you grow up?” What child hasn’t heard this question at some time? It’s a question many of us so-called adults are still trying to answer. Of course, some of us never really grow up. Deep down, we are still kids at heart, and that is the message of the play, The Little Prince.
Based on the popular children’s book, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, this play tells the story of a disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert. There he meets a mysterious, regal “little man” who asks him to “Please, sir, draw me a sheep.” During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy, and about his strained relationship with a very special flower on his own tiny planet. The Little Prince talks to everyone he meets and from each he gains a unique insight, which he shares with the Aviator: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”
The magic storyline was inspired by the author’s life-changing personal experience when, as a young pilot in the 1930s, Antoine tried to break an air-travel record, traveling from Paris to Saigon. After 18 hours of flight, he and his navigator crash-landed in the middle of the Sahara desert. Having no means of repairing their aircraft, the men soon became hungry and dehydrated. As he helplessly awaited his fate, Antoine passed the time by befriending a curious sand desert fox. The unlikely friendship distracted Antoine and kept his hopes alive. Fortunately, Antoine and his navigator were rescued, but the experience left a deep impression. Ten years later Antoine de Saint Exupery wrote The Little Prince, one of the best-selling books ever written.
The Little Prince, which opens October 1, brings the colorful and mesmerizing world of the Little Prince to life on stage. Performances are every Saturday through October 29 at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. on October 2, 23, and 30. There will be Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m. on October 9 and 16. This heartwarming classic is an ideal play for children – no matter what age they may be! Tickets are $12 and $15.
Call the box office for reservations 661-799-2702. The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall.
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