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The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will debut its fall show, “The Little Prince” on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The play is based on the renowned French novella, originally published in 1943 by pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The novella is the third most translated book in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France.

It tells the story of a fallen aviator, stranded in the desert, who meets a young prince. The two form a deep bond, captivating each other with stories of various travels and intimate mystics.

The stage version is adapted by Rick Cummins and Josh Scoullar. Cummins wrote the music and Scoullar wrote the script and lyrics.

Theatre arts senior Kimberlee Vandenburg is the costume designer and will be assisted by others from the department to put on the show. The performance is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Instructionally Related Activities Program.

Full-time faculty, director and designer Al Schnupp chose “The Little Prince” as the featured fall show after recently finding out its success as a play.

“I think the script follows the novella very closely in terms of the plot and characters,” he said. “Visually, it’s pretty inspiring.”

Performances will take place over two weekends — Nov. 12, 13, 14 and Nov. 19, 20 and 21 in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre.

General admission is $20.00. Students, faculty and staff, children and senior citizen tickets are $12.00. To purchase tickets, call 805-756-4TIX or visit pacslo.org/tickets.

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