The Maranatha Players will delight audiences with dancing and singing.  Here Dean Montgomery (left)

The Maranatha Players will delight audiences with dancing and singing.  Here Dean Montgomery (left)

The Floating Princess opens Thursday

The Maranatha Players are madly at work putting the final touches on their 12th annual musical production.

Val Hanet

Special to the Tribune/Advisor

The Maranatha Players are madly at work putting the final touches on their 12th annual musical production that starts its two-week run Thursday evening.

This year director Becky Strickland chose the musical The Floating Princess, a spoof on the ever-popular fairytale.

Strickland is excited with the progress being made, and the enthusiasm shown by her talented cast.

You will be uplifted by this fresh and funny fairy tale spoof.

When Evil Princess Viv, the king’s banished sister, does not receive an invitation to celebrate the birth of her niece, Princess Tulip, she crashes the party and bestows a vengeful gift upon the princess.

It may sound familiar, but we assure you it’s not “that” story!

Young Princess Tulip is cursed with being light of heart, mind and body — sentenced to float through life until she sheds her first sorrowful tear.

In other words, she’s a ditz, and she needs constant supervision.

About the only thing Tulip can do on her own is go swimming, so Viv goes to lengths to drain the entire lake!

Now Tulip is forced to stay in the palace, and she’s driving everyone crazy.

The zany ‘doctors,’ Pomp and Circumstance, come to the rescue only to announce that a cure is impossible.

But don’t worry, there’s still a happy ending — it’s a fairy tale, after all.

Other entertaining and loveable characters such as Prince Eddie’s cat Daffodil and Viv’s cat Arty — the two duelling felines — will make you want to curl up with this charming comedy.

Children as well as adults will be on cloud nine with laughter.

The cast of students from grades 8-12 have embraced the stage experience which began at the beginning of September with auditions and continued throughout the last three months.

They have worked diligently three to four days a week since then learning music, choreography and lines.  Veteran performers Chenaya Schuetze and Madison Biddulph have enthusiastically stepped into roles which have presented new challenges for both of them; performing roles very different from anything they have ever taken on before.

This amusing musical goes on stage at Maranatha Christian School,  December 5-7, and 12-13 at 7 p.m. each evening and on Dec. 14 with performances at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at Wise Owl Toys; seniors and children under 12 are $8 and $10 for adults.

Be sure to get your tickets and come out to a truly delightful, family friendly, musical spoof.

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