Arts & Culture
11:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New Children's Theater Work Premiers at WVU

Director Jim Knipple (center) speaks with Adam Messenger (the puppet) as Hannah Redmond (The Unlucky Princess) looks on.
Credit Michelle Kidd

An original children’s theater show debuts this weekend in Morgantown. The production comes from the Mountain State Rep, the professional summer theater company out of West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance.


Jerry McGonigle, associate director of the School of Theatre and Dance, says (said) when choosing what to focus on for the summer, they decided to try to do one of the things they do best: puppets.

“We started looking at the demographics of Morgantown,” McGonigle said, “there isn’t anything for children that is professional. [This play] really features some of the strong points of our program: we have one of the only puppetry programs in the country. We’re one of two—which is hard to imagine. So, it’s just kind of a no-brainer that this is where we should go.”

They commissioned a play which is called The Unlucky Princess Battles the Ghouls (and Other Stories). It’s a bedtime story spun out of objects found in the bedroom that tries to capture the essence of playing make-believe. Five cast members including recent BFA graduates, a graduate student, and professors from WVU’s theater program began rehearsing in May for the show that runs over the next couple of weekends.

Tickets are available online or over the phone: 304-293-SHOW.