Griffin Willner, who is in eighth grade at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, will be in a show this weekend and next at the Studio Playhouse in Montclair.
The Frog Princess is based on a classic Russian fairy tale. In it, Queen Natasha must hand over her throne to one of her three sons–Boris the toughest, Casimir the smartest, or Sacha, who isn’t quite good at anything. Queen Natasha sends each of her sons to find a wife to make a great queen. Boris and Casimir marry princesses, but Sacha, played by Willner marries a frog. To decide which of the three brides makes the best wife and future queen, the brides must pass three challenges. Will Sacha’s frog bride be able to pass Queen Natasha’s tests?
The show will be performed this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and the sames times the following weekend, October 29 and 30. There will also be a special sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, October 29, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Studio Players box office at 973-744-9752. The show was adapted by Catherine L. Howard and directed by Julie Anne Nolan. Mark Liebert, who is also a Verona resident, plays the Narrator.
Studio Playhouse is a non-profit theatre company whose Studio Players performers have been entertaining our area with hit plays, original works, musicals and children’s plays since 1937. The theater is located at 14 Alvin Place in Montclair, next to the Acme supermarket on Valley Road.
The Frog Princess is one of the troupe’s children’s shows. It will also be performing The Assembled Parties, Jake’s Women and On the Twentieth Century for broader audiences.