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Princess invasion Oct. 2 at Academy of Children’s Theatre in Richland

John Davis as Prince Phillip, Cleo Howell as Maleficent and Rachel Spencer as Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Below, Yzabelle Tow as Cinderella and Mikah Turpin as Prince Charming dance.
John Davis as Prince Phillip, Cleo Howell as Maleficent and Rachel Spencer as Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. Below, Yzabelle Tow as Cinderella and Mikah Turpin as Prince Charming dance. Lynette Fransen, WinSome Inc.

The princesses are coming, the princesses are coming ... to the Academy of Children’s Theatre.

The Richland-based theater company will stage Princess Faire, a musical production of the classic fairy tales Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty beginning Oct. 2.

Each half of the production runs for 45 minutes and is suitable for children preschool age and older.

Along with retelling the French tales retold by the folklorists the Brothers Grimm, Princess Faire will include music from the popular animated theatrical versions produced by Walt Disney in the 1950s, including Bibbity Bobbity Boo, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and Once Upon a Dream.

Sixty actors, all between the ages of 7 and 18, will be featured in the production. Kamiakin High School senior Yzabelle Tow will be Cinderella with Micah Turpin is Prince Charming. Hanford High School freshman Rachel Spencer will be the lead in Sleeping Beauty, with Kamiakin High freshman Cleo Howell portraying the evil sorceress, Maleficent.

Cinderella is directed by Josh Darby. Musical producers are Teddy Bay and Kaitlin Teague, and student choreographers are Jewell Bressler and Sarah Ullman. Sleeping Beauty is directed by Julie Schroeder.

Shows start at 7 p.m. Oct. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17. The matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 and 18 and include interpreters from the Southeastern Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

A special Princess Reception featuring classic royal characters is planned before and after performances.

Buy tickets at www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org or by calling 509-543-6027. All performances will be at the ACT Theatre at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.

Ty Beaver: 509-582-1402; tbeaver@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @_tybeaver

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