Classic Children’s Book Comes To Life At Zanesville Community Theatre

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The Zanesville Community Theatre has announced the opening of A Little Princess, its first production of 2014.

The play captures Victorian London as it appears in the well-loved children’s book version by Frances Hodgson Burnett, originally published in 1905.

The Zanesville Community Theatre has cast over 30 actors of all ages to create the story of Sara Crewe, the "little princess."

The production is scheduled for Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Feb. 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.

A Little Princess opens as Sara Crewe, played by Emma Gross,  arrives at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies. There the young heiress shines as the star pupil, until the death of her wealthy father, Captain Crew, played by Jay Shafftstall, completely reverses her fortunes.

The greedy headmistress, played by Monica Van Nort, allows Sara to become a servant at the academy, but Sara uses her vivid imagination to overcome this adversity and bring happiness to those around her. 

Others in the cast include: Chelsea Miller as Miss Amelia Minchin; Katelyn Baughman as Becky; Mia McCarthy as Ermengarde; Reanna Gahagan as Lavinia; Cary Underwood as Jessie; Amelia Olinger-Shafftstall as Lottie; Dee McCarthy as the Cook; Tahnee Dorsey as Lady Pitkin; Phil Palmer as Mr. Barrow; Daniel Warne as Ram Dass; Steve Hendershott as Mr. Carrisford; Aaron Chase as Mr. Carmichael; Ben Gross as M. DeFarge; Katie Gahagan as Anne; Jack McLendon as Man on the Street; Michael Murphy as the Chimney Sweep; Levi Gahagan as the Monkey.

Schoolgirls will be played by Abby Caton, Alyssa Dailey, Charity Dueck, Lydia Gross, Jadyn Hendershott, Sage Murphy, and Peyton Van Nort. Lady Pitkin’s daughters are played by Jerah-Lynn Gahagan and Cadence Hendershott. Samuel Dailey and Dominik Van Nort will appear as Street Urchins.

The production is being co-directed by Val Gahagan and Angel Palmer. The production team has been working to create period costuming and stage settings, as described in the original novel. As evidenced by the many family names appearing in the cast list, this is a family-friendly production and should appeal to all ages.

For reservations or more information, phone the theatre box office at 740-455-6487 or visit the Zanesville Community Theatre website at