Auditions

Come out to auditions for The Little Prince

At Trellis and Vine 27 S Lowry St. Smyrna Tn

July 7-8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Show dates September 5-8 at The Mills-Pate Arts Center

Cold readings from the script. Headshots and Resumes recommended but not required.

For questions please contact bravoboro21@gmail.com

Directed by: Sarah Chambers

Assistant Director: Stephen Thompson

Producer: RJ Palhegyi

Synopsis

Large-Cast Version. The Little Prince may have returned to his own tiny planet to
tend his Rose and look after his Sheep, but for a short enchanted time he returns
to us and comes alive on stage. This play/musical tells the story of a world-weary
and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara
Desert and a mysterious, regal “little man” who appears and asks him to “Please,
sir, draw me a sheep.” During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little
Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy, how he met the
Lamplighter and the Businessman and the Geographer, and about his strained
relationship with a very special flower on his own tiny planet. The Little Prince
talks to everyone he meets: a garden of roses, the Snake and a Fox who wishes
to be tamed. From each he gains a unique insight which he shares with the
Aviator: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” “What is essential is
invisible to the eye.” At length, both the “little man” and the Aviator must go
home—each with a new understanding of how to laugh, cry, and love again.

Character List

The Narrator (The Aviator)
The aviator is the narrator of the story and at the same time the voice of the author. The aviator is a little
naive and had a great imagination when he was a child, which is why he so quickly and directly connects
with the little prince. He represents a tamed loneliness and he is the ambassador of reality. He crash-
lands in the Sahara and befriends the prince while working on his engine. Male Age 18+

The Little Prince
The little prince is the main protagonist of the story. He is the personification of the fantasy world in the story, and the voice of children in the adult world. He is at times grave, amused, querulous, inquisitive, philosophical, curious, willful, and kind. At the end of the tale, he asks the snake to bite him in order to send him back to his home planet where his beloved flower is. Male/Female, Ages 8-14

The Rose
The rose/flower represents a stereotypical view of women, for she is fickle, flighty, self-absorbed, flirtatious, and contradictory. Though he loves her, the prince is easily annoyed with her; he comes to believe she is vulnerable and needs him. Female, Ages 12-30.

The King
This monarch whom the Prince meets claims that he reigns over everything and that his power is absolute. His only “subject” is in fact a rat, which he says he can hear at night. The king exercises his power on the sun by ordering it to sleep (go down) at bedtime (sunset). Not to lose face, this ruler gives “reasonable” orders (” I order you to sit down”). The little prince is not fooled and sees only a strange grownup in this monarch. Male, Ages 18+

Conceited Man
Wearing a hat that is as showy as it is ridiculous, the vain man considers himself as the most beautiful and the most intelligent of his tiny planet. The little prince reminds this vain person he is alone on his planet, but the vain man still wants to be admired and applauded. Faced with such vanity, the little prince remains perplexed: “Grown-ups are certainly very odd,” he thought to himself. Male, 18+

The Businessman
The businessman is a big, busy man who does not even have time to light his cigarette. He spends his time counting the stars he says he owns. He set these numbers on a sheet and deposits it in the bank. The little prince tries to make him understand that he is wasting his life and that “to own something” is about being useful to what we already have. The little prince then tells him about his rose, which he waters and protects. The businessman is left speechless. The little prince leaves, once more disappointed with the grownups. Male, 18+

The Street Lamp Lighter
The little prince is, at first, seduced by the street lamp lighter. His job is useful: he lights the lamps at sunset. But his planet turns more and more quickly, so he has to keep on switching his lamps off and on. “Those are the orders,” says the lamplighter to the little prince, who, after all, respects the efforts of this grownup. “He is the only one who does not seem ridiculous to me. This may be because he deals with something else than himself.” Male/Female, 15+

The Geographer
He is an old man who collects, in huge books, all the information from explorers who come to him. His planet is vast, but he does not know if there are rivers or mountains because “the geographer is too important to wander.” The geographer appears as someone who needs the story of others to know things while for the little prince, effort is required to know things. It is the geographer who sends the little prince on Earth saying it has a “good reputation.” Male, 30+

The Fox
The fox is a wild creature whom the prince, at the fox’s request, tames. The fox offers startlingly simple but profound
insights: that what is invisible is what is truly worth loving. Male/Female, Age 18+

The Snake
The snake is a yellow, poisonous creature whom the prince meets in the desert and one year later asks for his deadly
bite so he can return home. Male/Female, Age 25+

Desert Flower/Ensemble
The flower is a “nobody” whom the prince meets while wandering in the desert. 2 lines. Female, Ages 14+
Special Stage Ensemble, 4-6 Individuals, Any Gender, Ages 14+