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  • December 21, 2013 - January 05, 2014

Following previous seasons sold-out holiday hits, The Snow Queen and Hansel and Gretel, the A.R.T. Institute, in association with the Loeb Drama Center, brings another children’s story to life — The Light Princess, by Lila Rose Kaplan with music by Mike Pettry, directed by Allegra Libonati, with choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman.  Performances will be held at the Loeb Drama Center at from December 21 through January 5, 2014.


Based on George MacDonald's fairy tale, this world premiere musical tells the story of a young princess cursed to live without gravity. She floats through life unburdened by cares or sorrow, constantly threatened by high winds and low trees. If her parents, the King and Queen, don't help her come back to earth by her birthday, the curse will be permanent. Lila Rose Kaplan and Mike Pettry’s innovative and original adaptation of the classic story combines gravity defying ensemble choreography, regal costumes, and a larger-than-life fairy tale forest onstage in A.R.T.'s characteristic style of stage magic. Featuring graduate acting students from the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, this energetic and interactive show is sure to be a sweet holiday treat for the whole family. The set design is by Julia Noulin-Merat, costume design by Arthur Oliver, and lighting design by Porsche McGovern.

Performances dates and times:

December 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 3, 4, 5 @ 10am

Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Light Princess

Friday, January 3 at 2:00pm

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) has scheduled a sensory-friendly performance of The Light Princess on Friday, January 3 at 2:00pm at the Loeb Drama Center, designed to create a welcoming environment for children with Autism spectrum disorders or other sensitivity issues. Slight alterations will be made to the performance, specially trained volunteers will be on hand, and quiet areas in the lobby will be available for children whoneed to take a break from the show.  A social story and a character guide will be provided to all families prior to the performance, to help acclimate family members with Autism spectrum disorders or sensitivity issues to the experience of live theater.

The January 3rd theater experience will include the following alterations:

  • House lights will remain dimmed during the performance, rather than completely off;
  • The volume of the performance will be reduced;
  • Front of House staff will use glow sticks to signal dramatic shifts in action, sound or lighting;
  • There will be quiet areas available in the lobby for children who need to take a break from theshow;
  • A relaxed and inclusive atmosphere will allow patrons to vocalize during the performance and enter or exit the theater during the show, with the assistance of ushers;
  • Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist with patron needs.
  • Tablets and smartphones will be permitted to help non-verbal children communicate

Tickets for this performance are available by phone only at (617) 547-8300 during regular box office hours.  Special seating arrangements (i.e.: unsold seats between parties) available upon request.


Photo Credit: Alex Stoddard

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