Press Release - ​​​​​The Light Princess

A Modern Retelling of a Classic Fairy Tale, The Light Princess at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 4, 2016)—South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences series concludes the season with The Light Princess, music and lyrics by Mike Pettry and book by Lila Rose Kaplan. Casey Stangl directs this musical based on the fairy tale by George MacDonald. Performances run on the Julianne Argyros Stage, May 20-June 5. Tickets are on sale at

The Princess has no gravity—and no gravitas. Free from sadness and fear, she also doesn’t know how to love, thanks to a witch’s curse. And if the King and Queen can’t give her gravity before she’s sixteen, she’ll never come to earth. Maybe the Prince who wants to be a rock star will find an answer—his lyrics are lousy, but his heart’s in the right place.

Stangl has directed across the country and is a mainstay at SCR, having previously directed six Theatre for Young Audiences productions including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, James and the Giant Peach and Anastasia Krupnik.

“I love the theme of The Light Princess,” said Stangl. “That having big feelings like love, sadness or fear is an essential part of being a whole person. It’s a fantastic story for children and adults alike.”

The cast for Light Princess includes Taylor Casas, Gina D’Acciaro, Emily Eiden, Justin Figueroa, Arielle Fishman, Joel Gelman, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Ann Noble and Cynthia Price.

The design and creative team includes Francois-Pierre Couture, scenic design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Karyn Lawrence, lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; Deborah Wicks La Puma, musical director; Rebecca Nakano, choreographer; Jackie S. Hill, production manager; Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting; and Julie Renfro, stage manager.

The media partner for Light Princess is OC Family magazine.

Tickets start at $21 for children ages 4-12; $26 for adults. For complete information, visit:

Performance Dates, Times:

Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

Regular performances
Saturday, May 28, and Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, and Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
ASL-interpreted: Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m.

Location:  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

More information is available online:

Current and Upcoming Productions:  Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (May 6-June 5, Segerstrom Stage); and The Light Princess by Mike Pettry and Lila Rose Kaplan (May 20-June 5, Theatre for Young Audiences, Julianne Argyros Stage). 

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.