MARSHALL - A young girl is sleeping in a forest, and when she wakes up, she doesn't know where she's from, how she got to where she was or even her own name.
Then she comes across characters that are usually found in fairy tales.
Marshall Community Services and Marshall Area Stage Company are presenting the children's theater "Princess Whatsername" at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Marshall Middle School theater. More than 40 children are in the show.
Photo by Cindy Votruba
Evan Greenfield, Kary DeVlieger and Signe Christensenrehearse a scene from the children’s theater production of “Princess Whatsername,”?which will be performed today and Saturday at the Marshall Middle School theater.
The story of "Princess Whatsername" is a bunch of fairy tales with a few added characters, the actors said. Signe Christensen portrays the title role.
"She's like confused the whole time because she doesn't remember anything, she's like Sleeping Beauty,'" Christensen said. "All the fairy tales are mixed up, and I meet them along the way."
Lydia Bader, who plays Snow White, said it's fun to put the various fairy tales together.
"When you add them all together, you say 'oh, that is interesting,'" Bader said. She said it's perfect the way the characters from the different fairy tales interact with each other. The show includes characters from such fairy tales as "Hansel and Gretel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella."
In his first time on stage for the children's theater, Micah Greenfield landed a role as Prince Reveille.
"Having the second-most amount of lines is difficult to memorize," he said.
Greenfield said he works with his father on getting his lines down.
"So my dad says every part that isn't mine," Greenfield said. Greenfield said he'll read over his lines once and then try to go without the script in order to get ready for the performances.
Christensen said preparing for her role is also tough.
"I practice at home all the time, I have my sisters go over it with me, or my mom," she said.
Getting the show together in just two weeks can be a challenge, especially with all the things that are going on, Bader said.
"Life is busy in general," Bader said. "It really pays off to have them (your lines) memorized."
Bader and Greenfield said being part of the children's theater has been a good experience.
"Every year it gets more fun, you meet new friends and see old ones too," Bader said. This is Bader's third show with children's theater.
"It's really fun, I enjoy meeting new people, being with some of my friends," Greenfield said.