When Lionheart Theatre puts on its summer family show, it’s not just the kids who come out to audition. Norcross resident Bob Grossman had enjoyed acting in college, and he even had a children’s television show in Washington D.C. before opting for a business career.
Earlier this year, his wife Bea spotted the opportunity to audition for Lionheart’s “The Princess and the Pea.”
“I jumped at the idea, knowing that it would bring me back to performing for simply the most appreciative audience members anywhere — kids,” said Grossman, who portrays the King in the show.
Lionheart’s “The Princess and the Pea” will be performed July 10-14 in the company’s theater located at 10 College Street, Norcross. Shows beginning earlier in the day have been added so that summer camps and day care centers can take advantage of the fun. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.lionhearttheatre.org.
The story by Hans Christian Anderson is a familiar one. This version, adapted by Pat Rosenthal and directed by Tanya Caldwell, tells the story of a prince who journeys around the world to find his princess, only to find her at home when she knocks on the castle door during a storm. The Queen Mother doubts the princess’ claim to royalty and requires her to sleep on 20 mattresses with a pea beneath them. Only a real princess could feel it.
This adaptation offers audiences many interesting characters, and after the show, these actors come out to offer kids a meet and greet with cookies as a special treat.
Sometimes, individuals involved in the production have a unique story but are not necessarily on stage. They are behind the curtain.
Lionheart recently launched an internship program for high school and college theater participants. Stephanie Bullock, a recent graduate of North Springs High School, is a costume designer for “Princess and the Pea.”
Bullock said, “I did technical theater in high school all four years. I loved it. It was there I found my passion for theater.”
For “Princess and the Pea,” Bullock conducted extensive research on Medieval and Renaissance clothing. She said, “Because the show is a fantasy, I also studied Disney and ultimately went for a creative, cartoonish kingdom rather than Renaissance or Medieval.”
Bullock will attend the University of Georgia next year and plans to study technical theater as well as public relations and advertising.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their gently used athletic shoes to the theater. Lionheart has teamed with ECO Sneakers to collect and recycle the shoes, which will then be distributed in developing countries.
Showtimes are July 10-11 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; July 12 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; July 13 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and July 14 at 2 p.m.
Director Tanya Carroll said, “Our performances are scheduled so that local kids’ camps may attend. Hope to see you there.”
For more information, visit www.lionhearttheatre.org or call 770-885-0425.