Theater roundup: ‘A Little Princess,’ ‘Jane Eyre’ debut this month

Local theaters are preparing for their mid-November performances of “A Little Princess” and “Jane Eyre.”

Selah Theatre Project in Front Royal presents “A Little Princess”; a tale of Sara Crewe, an heiress to a large fortune who is enrolled at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Victorian England, learns after the death of her father that sometimes’ life isn’t fair.

Caroline Feldhauser, 11, of Front Royal, is playing the role of Sara Crewe.

“She’s an interesting character to play because of the loss she has,” Caroline said.

For Caroline, acting is a passion.

“I’ve been in a lot of productions at Selah,” Caroline explained. “We’re like a big family. We joke around. Have fun. But most importantly we learn about acting.”

Gwendolyn Conrad, 9, of Winchester, is playing the role of Sara’s best friend Becky.

“They have a funny relationship,” Gwendolyn said.

Because Becky is a servant, their friendship is forbidden in a way. But when Sara loses everything, Becky is the one person she can turn to.

This is Gwendolyn’s first time acting on stage.

“I’m a dancer,” she said. “So I’m used to being nervous. But excited.”

Reese Bucher, 15, of Stephens City, is portraying the role of scary Miss Minchin.

“She’s a difficult character to play,” Reese said. “She secretly is jealous of the love and attention Sara receives because she never got it.” During rehearsals, Reese had the audience laughing with her portrayal of Minchin.

“I like a challenge,” Reese said.

When a mysterious gentleman from India takes the house next door, some strange and curious things begin to happen. In time, Sara even discovers that her fortune has been retrieved.

La Tasha Do’zia-Earley, founder of Selah Theatre ProJect, is proud of this production and its cast.

“They’ve worked really hard. And, I’m incredibly proud of their efforts,” she said.

The cast comes from all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Do’zia-Earley explained the reasoning behind this is “Because there aren’t many theater programs for younger actors. These kids that are here are not just here for the experience but they’re also here to learn all the aspects of theater.”

“We’re not your typical community theater,” Do’zia-Earley said. “We’re not just here for show and entertainment. Everything we do is all about encouraging conversation and positive impact.”

“This show is filled with comedy, drama and, most of all, charm,” Do’zia-Earley said. “When things turn out splendidly for clever Sara, it’s no wonder she feels just like a little princess.”

If You Go

11 a.m Saturday and Nov. 18

3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 19

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Buy tickets online at  http://tiny.cc/ulwsoy or call the Box Office at 540-685-5185. Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of time.

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‘Jane Eyre’

Charlotte Brontee’s epic love story comes to life in Winchester Little Theater’s production of “Jane Eyre.”

Directed by Sara Gomez, this tale of secrets and the lies that secrets create, of unimaginable hope and unspoken passion, reminds audience members what it’s like to fall deeply, truly and completely in love.

If You Go

8 p.m. today, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Saturday, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 and 19

Tickets are $19.75 for adults and $17.75 for seniors and $15.50 for student’s k-12 and college. The production is a musical and a $3 per ticket surcharge will be added to each ticket. Buy tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/yco57dbv or call the Box Office at 540-662-3331.

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‘Annie Get Your Gun’

St. John’s Drama at Skyline High School in Front Royal will present “Annie Get Your Gun” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 and older, students and seniors. A family rate is offered on Sundays. Future performances will be held Nov. 17-19.

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The Schultz Theatre & School of Performing Arts will present “Nunsense” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the J. Frank Hillyard Auditorium, 226 Hawks Hill Drive, Broadway.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Future performances will be held Nov. 17-19. Information: 540-896-9600 or visit www.schultztheatre.com.

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‘Noises Off’

The Tony Award-wining Broadway hit “Noises Off” will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $12 for non-SU students. Information: 540-665-4569.

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Rouse Center

The Rouse Center for the Arts in New Market will present “Family Ties and Little White Lies” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Today and Saturday are dinner theater performances starting at 6:30 p.m. For the Sunday matinee, desserts will be served at 2:30 p.m. Future performances will be held Nov. 16-18.

Tickets are $25. Information, tickets: 888-341-7313 or rouss.center@gmail.com.

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The Inspirata Theatre Co. will present Christopher Marlowe’s classic drama “Faustus” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Nov.17-18 in Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library.