‘Three Princes’ combines fairy tale storylines
Many fantasy and science fiction stories are similar in their tales and morals. In fact, some series such as Isaac Asimov’s "Robot" and "Foundation" intersect towards the end, and Anne Rice fans know that the "Vampire Chronicles" and the "Mayfair Witches" share a bond.
Pamela Lockwood, director of the Uinta Center for the Arts decided to do that with three well-known fairy tales "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Rapunzel" — in her play "Three Princes," which opens tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Kamas Theater.
The twist is that the princesses’ respective boyfriends, the princes, are brothers.
"Egan, who is Cinderella’s prince, is the oldest, ornery and the boss of the three," Lockwood said during an interview with The Park Record. "Even though he’s the oldest, he doesn’t want to be king and doesn’t want to go to a stupid ball."
Egan eventually goes, as long as his brothers — Garrett and Chance — accompany him.
"Garrett is the middle prince who has a thing for Sleeping Beauty," Lockwood said. He’s an eloquent master swordsman how is very sure of himself and isn’t afraid of anything."
The youngest prince, Chance, is the shy one.
"He doesn’t talk a lot, but is extremely intellectual and loves books," Lockwood explained.
The princesses, too, have their own quirks.
"They are a little different than what people are used to," Lockwood said laughing.
Cinderella is very sassy.
"In fact, before the fabled ball, she meets Egan and tells him off, but then spends the whole ball trying to pretend she’s someone else, so he won’t see that she was the peasant who insulted him," Lockwood said.
Like Garrett, Sleeping Beauty, who is known as Angel, is a master with the sword.
"She is also on the run so her father’s kingdom won’t be destroyed," Lockwood said. "And Rapunzel is so shy that she can hardly speak. But since Chance is so shy and is actually afraid of women, he warms up to her and they fall in love."
In addition to these characters, the evil stepsisters, witches, and other villains are also in the story.
"We also have a wizard named Donovan who is the master villain," Lockwood said. "He is the one who tries to break up the couples because he was a wizard who got his heart broken when the princess he loved married someone else."
Lockwood wrote the first version of "Three Princes" a decade ago.
Since then the script has been used for three other live performances and has been turned into a screenplay.
"I have had some filmmakers who want to make it into a movie, but since I want to be involved in that process, I haven’t turned it over to anyone," Lockwood said. "This upcoming run will be the fourth time we will perform it as a live production."
The script features a lot of humor.
"It’s British humor, so it can be very dry," Lockwood explained.
Adding to the drama are fire-breathing dragons and bad fairies.
"I don’t know where the idea to write this script came from," Lockwood said. "I just wanted to write a fantasy for some kids in our school and this came out and it just grew.
Pretty soon I combined the fairy tales.
"We first did it as an outdoors show one spring and it was so popular that we ended up performing it throughout the summer because people just loved it," she said. "Now, I think the script has been worked on throughout the years that it is the best it has ever been."
There are 15 young adults in the cast. It’s not huge, but there are some great characters.
John Cobb, Michael Larsen and Addison Shuppy portray Egan, Garrett and Chance, respectively, Lockwood said.
"Mindy Wharton plays Cinderella and Kendyl Collard plays Sleeping Beauty," she said. "Then we have Victoria Menza portraying Rapunzel.
"All the actors are very good," Lockwood said. "I still can’t get over the talent we have in Kamas."
"The Three Princes" is not a musical, although Lockwood has had some offers by composer Karrol Cobb to turn it into a musical.
"Karrol has done ‘Robin Hood,’ which we have performed, and he’s a fabulous composer," she said.
Although there will be sets and props, Kevin Harris, who runs the Kamas Theater, will create some multi-media features that will be projected onto the theater’s movie screen.
"We have learned how to incorporate the screen and have a lot of stuff that will go on it," Lockwood said. "In some past productions, we’ve just used slides of scenes to set the mood, and with others, we had things like a volcano that spewed fire.
"This one will have a mix of things, which will add to the production," she said. "We hope people come to enjoy it."
The Unita Center for the Arts will present "Three Princes" at the Kamas Theater, 30 N. Main St. in Kamas, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Saturday, Aug. 17. There will be no performances on Sundays. The performances on Mondays through Thursdays will start at 6 p.m. Performances for Fridays and Saturdays will begin at 8 p.m., and there will be 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for children. A family pass for four is available for $35. Tickets can be purchased by visiting threeprinceskamas2013.eventbrite.com.
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