Shakespeare Theatre of NJ will kick off ‘Classics for Kids!’ series with ‘Little Prince’ reading

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will kick off its new Classics for Kids! series with “an elaborately staged reading” of “The Little Prince,” using Rick Cummins and John Scoullar’s 2000 stage version of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella.

The event will take place on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University in Madison.

STNJ artistic director Bonnie J. Monte will direct and cast members will include veterans of many past TNJ productions such as Jon Barker, Greg Jackson, Isaac Hickox-Young and Billie Wyatt, as well as Peri Gilpin, best known for co-starring in the sitcom “Frasier” as the title character’s friend and co-worker, Roz.

Monte also contributes projected drawings, inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s original drawings.

Future offerings in the Classics for Kids! series will include a Tanglewood Marionettes production of “The Dragon King,” Nov. 4 at 11 a.m., and a staged reading of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m.

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