Back in 1939, Shirley Temple was the charming Sara Crewe in the movie The Little Princess.
The classic story hasn't lost any of its charm in the past 72 years, which is why the Academy of Children's Theatre will retell the delightful story starting Dec. 2 at its studio theater in Richland.
The Little Princess tells the tale of a little girl sent to a boarding school when her wealthy father goes off to war.
There she meets up with the overbearing headmistress Miss Minchon, who proves to be a cruel caretaker when Sara's father is reportedly killed in the war leaving the little girl penniless and alone.
But as life soon teaches, adversity builds character. Most importantly, the moral of the story proves a mean old headmistress isn't a match for an imaginative and caring child who has several good friends.
Tri-City actor Hannah Fewel plays the part of Sara with Loretta DeLamare as Miss Minchon.
Supporting actors include Hannah Merwin as Lottie, Nancy Shoup as Ermengarde, Kaitlyn Heck as Lavinia, Meg Nelson as Jessie and Nathan Grant as Captain Crewe.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10 at the ACT studio, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens and $7 for children. Tickets are available at the door or go to www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org