GCC Theater Department Takes Show On The Road

Princess and the Goblin to Visit Select Stages

Batavia, New York - For the first time, Genesee Community College is taking a production on the road. “The Princess and the Goblin” is based on a 19th-century fantasy novel by George MacDonald, and was the inspiration behind many of the characters and settings developed later by J.R.R. Tolkien for his Lord of the Rings series of novels.

The play, a production of the children’s theater program presented by GCC’s Forum Players, tells the story of a young princess and her friendship with the son of a miner, and includes goblins, a dragon and a mystical great-great grandmother in the cast of characters. “This is an interactive production about fear…about acknowledging it and overcoming it, and how who you are is defined by what you do, but it’s by no means a morality play,” explains Norman Gayford, director and professor of English Humanities at GCC.

Mr. Gayford says the decision was made to bring the play to the audience based on economic considerations. In the past, schools would bus students to various educational and artistic events, but financial constraints on schools have severely limited transportation. “The Princess and the Goblin” will be staged at five different venues: The Stuart Steiner Theater on the GCC Batavia campus, the Springville Center for the Arts, Theatre 101 in Mt. Morris, The Stage in Warsaw and Dansville Middle School.

There are eight public performances scheduled with various ticket purchase options as indicated:

  •  Stuart Steiner Theater, GCC, Batavia, Friday, April 20 – 7:30pm, FREE for ages 12 and under, adults are $8 and seniors and students are $5. Reserve tickets at: boxoffice@genesee.edu
  • Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo Street, Springville, Saturday, April 21 – two shows: 3:30pm & 6:30pm Ages 16 under free and $5 for adults - available at the door on the day of the performance
  • Theatre 101 / 101 Main Street / Mt. Morris, Friday, April 27 – 7pm, Saturday, April 28 – 2:00pm , Sunday, April 29 – 2:00pm, $5 at the door; family maximum $20 inquire or reserve at theatre101@live.com
  • The Stage, 23 South Main Street, Warsaw, Sunday, April 29 – 7:30pm, $5 at the door
  • The New Dansville GCC Campus (formally the Dansville Middle School), 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, Friday, May 4 – 7pm – All seats FREE!

The play will also hit the stage for three free daytime performances at GCC for local schools on April 18, 19 and 20. Please contact the box office directly for more information and reservations.

“Because of the location changes, the play is challenging the acting standards of our cast, who are getting a terrific education in live theater,” said Mr. Gayford. “And for many kids in the audience, this is their first exposure to live theater and I hope it sparks memories they will retain.”

The cast includes: Amber Lively of Barker, and Brianna Kent of Syracuse, sharing the role of Princess Irene; Whitney Sellers of Rochester and Tyler Eldred of Dansville, as Nurse Lootie; Ben Liebrand of Rochester as Crown Prince Krankl; Patrick Dodge of Warsaw as Curdie Peterson; Aiden Bonacci of Rochester as King Cob & Father; Alayna Zimbric (Hilton) as Mother; Bill Rupp (Alexander) as Fannon; Waterloo’s Emily Jones as Great Grandmother; Laura Demmer (Batavia) as captain of the Guard, Brandt Beckstrand (Warsaw) as King Papa; Joanna Taheri (Newfane) as Queen Mam; Nytazia Brooks (Rochester) and Jessica Yost (Albion) as Banshee and Sly; and Sara Stabley of Perry tackling the responsibilities of stage manager.

For more information, visit http://www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts/calendar/cfm

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