Wednesday, February 26, 2020

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: WIN a Family 4 Pack of Tickets ($73 Value/4 winners!) to THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences

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A New Musical of the Classic Tale Now Playing 
at the Marriott Theatre!
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA 
at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences


Enter Below for your Chance to WIN
a Family 4 Pack of Tickets ($73 Value) to 
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA 
at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences (4 winners) 
Winners' choice of dates through April 19 (pending availability). Enter through midnight March 4, 2020.
*Winners will be asked to share e-mail/phone/mailing address with The Marriott Theatre box office 




Guest Review:
by Kimberly Robb Baker

If you’re looking for a fun new take on a story your little ones are familiar with, you’ll find it in the Marriott Theatre’s production of The Princess and the Pea. Children and their grownups will appreciate the clever script, entertaining musical numbers, multimedia presentation, and gorgeous costumes. (Thanks to the Saturday morning show’s Q&A, we got some insight into how the costumes were designed and built!)

Photo Credit for all Production Photos: Amy Boyle

And did I mention the cast? No fairytale can function without a villain you love to hate, and Jenna Coker-Jones delivers with so much charisma and diva energy, it’s hard to take your eyes off her. She certainly makes a formidable adversary for her son, Prince Wellington, portrayed with appropriate royal comportment, innocence, and courage by Trevor Venderzee whose vocal performance was a standout. Ruth, the prince’s love interest, is brought skillfully to life by Marielle Nada Issa. One of my favorite parts of the play is the sweet relationship between her and her Papa, actor Mark David Kaplan who shows extraordinary range, also jumping in as the larger-than-life media presenter.


Also doing double-duty—as the bride favored by the queen and a “cloudy” meteorologist—is Allison Sill, who fits both bills perfectly and uses her powerful singing voice to much hilarity.

A live musical trio and wondrously imagined set round out this experience and make it a must-see for families.

Kimberly Robb Baker is a Chicago based writer, blogger, consultant, story teller, and mother. You can find her worky stuff here: ThisLittleBrand.com and her artsy fartsy stuff here:  DisruptiveMama.com.




"Hear ye, hear ye...Prince Wellington is seeking a bride." The classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen comes to life in a new musical THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, from February 8 to April 19. This new spin on the classic tale features music by Marc Robin, book and lyrics by Rick Boynton, and additional lyrics by Curt Dale Clark and Marc Robin. THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA is directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, with musical direction by Patti Garwood. 



“I'm excited to get the opportunity to direct this production of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, written by such talented and dear friends,” says Thielen. “It’s a wonderful story about staying true to who you are and not letting others tell you who you are supposed to be; the lesson is that you get to write your own story.”

Queen Evermean decides it’s time for her son, Prince Wellington, to get married. She creates a reality game show called the “Princess Test” to find the Prince the “perfect” bride. But the Prince doesn’t want to marry someone picked for him from a game show, he wants to marry for love. He escapes to the royal forest where he comes face to face with the girl he knows is the one. But will the Queen allow them to marry? Will she have to pass the Princess Test? Will a tiny pea and a stack of mattresses stand between her and true love? THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA runs one hour and all performances are followed by a question & answer session with the cast. 



Starring in THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA are Marielle Nada Issa as “Ruth,” Trevor Vanderzee as “Prince Wellington,” Jenna Coker-Jones as “Queen Evermean,” Mark David Kaplan as “Papa and Biff,” Allison Sill as “Buffy and Cumula,” and Ian Paul Custer as “Chester.” 



The production will feature set design by Patrick Ham, lighting design by Brian Elston, costume design by Jesus Perez, sound design by Robert Hornbostel, wig design by Megan Pirtle, and media design by Anthony Churchill and Peter Sullivan; with stage manager Tara Kelly and musical superviser by Patti Garwood.



THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA runs most Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com or call (847) 634-0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates may vary. Single ticket prices are $18.23 per person. Groups of 20 or more receive a discount by calling (847) 634-5909. Free parking is available at all shows. To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634-0200or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.






Enter HERE for your Chance to WIN
a Family 4 Pack of Tickets ($73 Value) to 
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA 
at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences (4 winners)
Winners' choice of dates through April 19 (pending availability). 
Enter through midnight March 4, 2020. 
*Winners will be asked to share e-mail/phone/mailing address with The Marriott Theatre box office

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