The One World Youth Theatre Production’s, 'A Little Princess', organized in association with Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice (BACCH), took the audience in Kuwait on a theatrical journey for three days, from 26 to 28 March.
The charitable event – the proceedings of which go to BACCH, raised an admirable amount, with its fourth production to date. Over the last few years, their productions – ‘The Little Prince' (2007), 'Peter Pan' (2012), 'Into Narnia' (2013) and ‘A Little Princess’ (2015) have collectively raised over $60,000 for BACCH.
The play, adapted from the classic book A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet and influenced by the 1995 film of the same name, was a resounding success. As in the book, the play's focal point was its protagonist Miss Sara Crewe’s journey from the exotic shores of India to Edwardian Britain, where her father Edward Crewe enrolls her in Miss Minchin's Academy for Young Ladies.
The young cast that brilliantly staged ‘A Little Princess’ are ardent stage enthusiasts who often appear in Kuwait’s English stage performances. Apart from managing their daily school curriculum, they are among more than 50 children enrolled with One World Actors Centre (OWAC), and regularly train in acting, speech and musical theatre at Bayt Lothan. As they prepare for the UK accredited, once a year, LAMDA exams, the students audition for the Youth Theatre and One World Production’s shows if child actors are required.
"There was a tremendous amount of support from the parents of these budding actors, which made this beautiful dream a reality," remarked the play's director Eleni Rebecca, basking in the success of her recent play.
She also thanked CEO of OWAC and Actor Trainer Alison Shan Price, who lend her expertise to the play, and Voice Consultant Dr. Joyce Mordecai, Vocal Coach Jumel Carvajal, Musical Director Yousef Al Nasser for his composition and Sundus Hussein for her organization and enthusiasm, as well as Technical Director Simon Abi Faisal and Designer Diana Sfeir, for their creative contributions to the project.