THE LITTLE PRINCE CAST & CREW
This play (with music) tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal "little man" who appears and asks him to "Please, sir, draw me a sheep." During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy, how he met the Lamplighter and the Businessman and the Geographer, and about his strained relationship with a very special flower on his own tiny planet. The Little Prince talks to everyone he meets: a garden of roses, the Snake and a Fox who wishes to be tamed. From each he gains a unique insight which he shares with the Aviator: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." "What is essential is invisible to the eye." At length, both the "little man" & the Aviator must go home, each with a new understanding of how to laugh, cry, & love again.
Directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison.
December 1st | December 17th.
"A multilayered tale that awakens the child tucked insideall of us."
-Cape Cod Times
MEET THE CAST & CREW OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
Stuart Hoffman (Aviator) is pleased to be back on the Ensemble stage, having last appeared here in Frankenstein. A local actor and playwright, recent credits include Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical (French Creek), Illuminated (convergence-continuum), and Cabaret (Blank Canvas). He has also worked many local theaters, including Ohio City Theater Project, Mamai, Cleveland Public Theater (where he was a Nord Family playwriting fellow), and Dobama, where he is a member of their playwriting unit: The Playwright’s GYM. Thank you for supporting live theatre.
Emmy Cohen (Little Prince) is very excited for her first show at Ensemble. Most recent credits include Emily in Our Town at French Creek Theatre, an ensemble member in Pippin at Rubber City Theatre, and one of three cast members of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] at Strongsville Community Theatre. She'd like to thank Brittni for this opportunity as well as her friends for their love and support.
Evan O'Reilly (King/Ensemble) was raised by two actors, and has comsequently been lucky enough to perform in the theater virtually his entire life. As a child actor, he worked for many years with some of Atlanta's foremost professional theaters, including The Alliance Theatre, Seven Stages, Actor's Express, and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Among his favorite roles have been George Antrobus in Skin of Our Teeth, Haemon in Antigone, Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, and Thenardier in Les Miserables. In recent years, he has turned his attention to writing and directing as well, winning the 2015 Oxnam Playwriting prize for his play Watching at his alma mater Drew University, and producing several short films and a television pilot with the art collective Ice Rain Productions. Evan also performs locally as a singer-songwriter under the name Evan Bloom. Evan is excited to make his Cleveland debut in The Little Prince at Ensemble Theatre!
Rosie Tilk (Conceited Man/Ensemble) has been seen with Heights Youth Theatre, The 2017 Cain Park production of Music Man, and she was a recipient of the Heights Performing Arts Camp scholarship with Ensemble Theatre. Having a love for writing, theatre, and playing music, Rosie is also an experienced magician having made her 2013 stage debut with Wizbang! Circus Theatre here in Cleveland.
Kayla Davis (Businessman/Ensemble)
Ryan Christopher Mayer (Lamplighter/Fox/Ensemble) is elated to make their Ensemble debut! A graduate of Cleveland State University, they have had the privilege of performing with numerous companies across Ohio including The Beck Center, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theater, Karamu House, Berea's Academy for Dramatic Arts, and Talespinner Children's Theater. Ryan can also be seen in various independent films, festivals, theater events and performances across the Cleveland area, including the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Pandemonium at CPT, Station Hope, One World Fest, and Gordon Square Fall Fest.
Natalie Grace Sipula (Geographer/Desert Flower/Ensemble) returns to Ensemble Theatre after her debut in The Phantom Toll Booth (Milo) January 2017. Recent credits include Cupid and Psyche (Psyche) and The Shoes That Wore Themselves Out (Prince Roebuck) at Talespinner Children's Theatre PLAYground 2017 staged readings, The Tempest (Lord Adrian) at Tri-C Metro Campus, and The Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival at Dobama Theatre. She is an alumna of Dobama Emerging Actors Program (DEAP) where she performed in Macbeth (Witch #2), The Persians (Navy Admiral) and The Trojan Women (a Trojan Woman). She is a member of Cleveland Play House Theatre Academy's Teen Performing Ensemble 2017/18. Natalie is a junior at Andrews Osborne Academy where activities include Mock Trial, Varsity Cross Country, Global Scholars, NHS, Student Impact Club, Student Ambassador, and Poetry Out Loud. She was chosen for the City Club of Cleveland Youth Forum Council and Youth United Way of Lake County. She is an award winning essay and poetry writer, an alumna of John Carroll Young Writer's Workshop, plays trumpet, and enjoys travel and Emily Brontë.
Katie Wells (Rose/Snake) is thrilled to be making her Ensemble debut! After attending Cleveland State University she has been acting professionally throughout Ohio and New York. Favorite local theatres she has performed at include: Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, None Too Fragile Theatre, Blank Canvas Theatre, Magical Theatre, and The Illusion Factory Children’s Theatre. Favorite credits include: Julius Caesar (Cassius), EQUUS (Nurse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Bash (Sue), Lear (Cordelia), A Kid Like Jake (Nurse), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussel), Our Town (Emily)and the title roles in touring productions of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Next up for Katie she will be playing Olivia in Twelfth Night and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at Rubber City Theatre in Akron. She would like to thank Brittni for this wonderful opportunity!
MEET THE CREW
Brittni Shambaugh Addison (Director)
Sam Landgraf (Stage Manager)
August Scarpelli (Set Design)
Kayla Davis (Costumes)
Ian Hinz (Projections)