A Little Princess
Running Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 96 pgs
Cast: 6 M, 16 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 3 M, 14 F, 1 flexible)
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe is sent to live at an upscale boarding school run by Miss Minchin, a greedy and domineering head mistress. Sara’s wealthy father, Captain Crewe, leaves instructions that his daughter is to be given a private room with a parlor and a maid. Some of Sara’s fellow classmates are envious of Sara’s fortune and make fun of her by referring to her as “Princess Sara.” On her birthday, Sara receives news that her father has died, all of his fortune has been lost, and that she has been left a pauper. With her school bills unpaid, Miss Minchin makes Sara a servant, making her wear rags and live in the attic. Hungry, cold, and overworked, Sara finds that she is left with only her imagination to comfort herself. However, Sara’s luck changes one day when she looks out her attic window and sees that a new family has moved into the house across the street.