Issues such as love, death, and finding a purpose in life are common themes for the theatre. Not always in shows aimed at children, perhaps, but the cast of characters behind VR Theatricals don’t believe in fairytales. The latest offering from this three-year-old company is The Little Prince, a musical based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupe´ry. It’s about a pilot and a young alien prince who fly between different planets and learn the oddities of adult behaviour through some extraordinary encounters. Elizma Badenhorst has adapted the story for the stage and directs the action, which blends puppets with real actors. She has made the pilot female to inspire young girls. Composer Wessel Odendaal wrote the music and lyrics for songs that heighten the emotions as the prince visits other planets and experiences adult problems. Odendaal is an associate producer with VR Theatricals and says their passion is for contentious, or at least challenging, material. The company’s most recent s...

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