Valley Youth Theatre to host ‘The Princess and the Pea’


Valley Youth Theatre opens the fourth production in the theatre’s 31st anniversary season with “The Princess and the Pea” Friday, Feb. 7 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. in downtown Phoenix.

This production runs through Feb. 23 and marks the sixth time VYT has produced this play. Other seasons that included it were 1992, 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2013, according to a press release.

“I selected this particular Hans Christian Andersen tale because everyone loves a princess and, in this story, there are five,” Bobb Cooper, VYT’s producing artistic director and director of this show, said in a prepared statement.

“Each one of these princesses is very diverse in their attitude, appearance and approach to life ... much like the young actors who portray them. We’re really quite proud of the fact that the social, cultural and economic diversity of this city is so well represented in this --- and every --- VYT cast.”

The play is about a prince who must go on a journey and seek a bride. This prompting to go on a journey comes from the local gypsy, who also says if the prince doesn’t find anyone suitable, he must return home and wait for a bride to come to him.

The cast includes six performers from Phoenix: Colin Graeff, Elllie Pompay, Angelica Saario, McKinnon Simmons, Sydney Vance and Justin Vaught.

Cast members from other cities include Gwyneth Doebbeling from Ahwatukee, Kendall Hook from Scottsdale, Anna Mettes from Glendale, Nora Palerma from Paradise Valley and Maya Vargas from Litchfield Park.

This play is directed by guest director, Carolyn Marie Wright. Costume design is by VYT’s award-winning Resident Costume Designer Karol Cooper. Scenic design is by Dori Brown and the Production Stage Manager is Joycelin Jacobs-Schwartz.