Updated Wed, Mar 12, 2014 3:51 pm
On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Celeste Parsons, Lee Carter, Lily Porter, Orion Carter and Tatum Lovsey discuss the ABC Players' upcoming production of The Princess and the Goblins, being staged March 13-16 at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville.
When a peaceful kingdom is menaced by an army of monstrous goblins, a brave and beautiful princess joins forces with a resourceful peasant boy to rescue the noble king and all his people. The lucky pair must battle the evil power of the wicked goblin prince, armed only with the gift of rhyme, the miracle of love and a magical shimmering thread.
With the help of cosmetology students from Tri-County Career Center, the actors are transformed into horrible goblins. Led by student Dharma Pook, the Tri-County students help bring the magic of this fantasy to life with each performance.
Sponsored by Blackburn Home Furnishings, The Princess and the Goblins is being presented as an adventure for the whole family, based on the 1872 book by George MacDonald.
A Scottish author, poet, and minister, MacDonald was a pioneer in the field of fantasy literature and a contemporary of, and influence on, C. S. Lewis (the Narnia stories), J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), E. Nesbit (The Wouldbegoods and The Railway Children) and Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time). It was MacDonald's advice, and the enthusiastic reception of Alice in Wonderland by MacDonald's sons and daughters, that convinced Lewis Carroll to submit the book for publication.
The ABC Players cast is directed by Celeste Parsons. The characters are Princess Irene (Tatum Lovsey), Lootie, the Princess's nurse (India Mitchell) Grandmother Irene (Lee Carter), Curdie Peterson (Caleb Bryant), Peter Peterson (James Euto), Mary Peterson (Lily Porter) Sir Walter (Isaac Dinkins) Guards (Sarah Burchett and Sandy Russell), the Goblin King and Queen (David J. Whealey and Morgan Brausey), the Goblin Prince Hairlip (Orion Carter) the Goblin Chancellor (Amy Abercrombie) a Goblin father and mother (Rita Preston and Eva Paré), Goblin children (Sydney Dicken, Irie Green and Darian Lallier) and the King (Joe Balding).
Performances are Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Student tickets are $7.