Shippensburg University’s Little Princess Playhouse will present a double feature of “Cinderella” and the debut of its “Royal Gong Show” parody.
The playhouse is in the historic Stewart Hall on the university campus and features students in acting roles.
The playhouse’s most popular production, “Cinderella,” makes a return to the tiny stage with showtimes at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.
The shows are traditionally a double-feature, and the actors will debut the “Royal Gong Show,” a take-off of the popular 1970s show that will include spoofs of popular children’s characters, such as Belle, Elsa, Anna, Lumiere, Tinkerbell and some “Gong Show” staples like the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
“We’ve done ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘A Little Mermaid’s Tale,’ ‘Snow White’ and so many others—over 35 productions in all,” said Paul Leitner, who has run the program with his wife, Gretchen, over the last nine years. “This is a big moment for us, the last hurrah in this building, and so we are going full throttle on these last shows—lots of comedy, lots of dancing. This is the most fun we’ve ever had.”
The program is sponsored by the university’s department of music and theater, but many of its actors are education majors.
“We give children a reason to embrace and use their imaginations,” student Sarah Hykes said.
“Working with the students and faculty at Little Princess is my favorite thing I have ever done at this college. Period,” Cody Haifley said.
Tickets for the double feature are $5 and will be available at the door. Seating is limited. Parking is free and available at Memorial Auditorium. For more information, call 717-477-1638.