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‘Little Prince’ brought to life in Frosh-Soph play

Despite the condensed timeline that winter plays face, the cast, crew of the show pulled together for mid-February opening

“The Little Prince,” the world-renowned novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, came to life on Thursday, February 14th to Saturday, February 17th in the ETHS theater department’s frosh-soph winter play. “The Little Prince” is a captivating tale addressing human nature and life, and makes an excellent choice for the Frosh-Soph play due to the manner in which it discusses thought provoking themes of love, loss, and loneliness while still being a very approachable story to all audiences. 

“It’s not like Shakespeare where you have to take a whole language class to understand it,” said junior and assistant producer Jay Gurrala.

 Producing the winter play tends to pose a yearly challenge to the theater department, given that after December auditions, the cast is left with only a couple months to rehearse and prepare for quickly approaching performance dates in mid-February. This condensed timeline differs greatly from the fall play, which is granted more time in every step of production. Less than two full months is a relatively small amount of time to produce a show, and multiple school days missed due to snow and cold conditions do nothing to ease the dilemma. With such a daunting task at hand and so little time, actors are expected to have their lines memorized prior to their return from winter break so that rehearsals can begin as soon as students are back in the building following the turn of the new year. Rehearsals begin with actors running through parts, reciting lines and practicing scenes, but in the final weeks leading up to the show, the cast reaches the ever-important milestone of tech week. During tech week, the crew integrates lights, sounds, sets, and props into the play, giving it the quality that is standard of ETHS theater department plays. 

Despite the difficulties of various time constraints, Frosh-Soph actors are able to create a well put together play, and learn a lot about theater in the process. 

“I see the Frosh-Soph play as a stepping stone to get from a very inexperienced level of theater to a more higher experienced level of theater, such as the whole school play,” offered Gurrala. 

“The Little Prince” has undoubtedly required a lot of work from the cast and production team, and ETHS students and parents alike were able to enjoy the show in the little theater throughout the latter half of the week of February 12th.

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