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In Rehearsal with “The Prince and the Pauper”

We’ve gotten a few rehearsal photos from Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, and they look great! There are so many costume pieces, props, and set dressing pieces in the play, that they cast has been working with them for a few weeks already!

The Mark Twain classic with a theatrical twist is NBYT’s next production on stage. In the play, when a group of neighborhood girls and boys visit Twain at home, he narrates and passes out parts, and the children act out his story of the Tudor prince and a look-alike peasant who change clothes and lives in sixteenth century England. Happening alongside this action, Twain meets with a writer who he had selected to take dictation as Twain recalls the events of his life for his autobiography.

The Prince and the Pauper stars twenty-three children ages 8 through 15 from throughout Connecticut, and it is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Local actor Johnny Peifer, known for his work at New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater, stars as Mark Twain. The performance is directed by Rae Johnson, and a crew of three teenagers provide assistance backstage.

The Prince and the Pauper will be performed at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at through Universe tickets.

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