Dos Pueblos Theatre Company announces their spring musical as “Grand Duchy”
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“Grand Duchy” is “The Prince and the Pauper” retold with a princess and revolutionaries as the main characters.
From 1983 to 1984, Freedman and Bayless started writing a musical version of Mark Twain‘s novel “The Prince and the Pauper,” but they dropped that idea. They then decided to write a similar story, but about people trading places, set in a different time, and with two young women.
“We were particularly inspired by the so-called ‘screwball’ film comedies of the 1930’s, which we felt a real affinity for,” said Freedman in an email.
DPTC Director Clark Sayre performed the role of Prince Louis in the very first staged reading of “Grand Duchy” in off-Broadway theater. In 2004, the DPTC performed this show in the Little Theater, the now-renovated Engineering Lab.
Sayre became friends with Freedman while studying at the University of California, Los Angeles. They met again a few years after graduation in New York and did an off-Broadway show together.
DPTC has gained a reputation for doing productions that have not been done in high school, and because of this new show, it’s bringing in special guest audience members, Sayre said.
Pamela Young, the creative development director of Disney, as well as both writers Freedman and Bayless, will be in the audience, and some other directors and writers are coming to see the show as well.
“I hope that everyone in the cast and crew has a wonderful time doing it,” said Freedman. “Performing together is an amazing team experience; everybody has to be at the top of their game and support one another.
“When it’s done with passion and excitement, the audience can tell. It can be an experience that will last for a lifetime for everyone involved.”
Sayre said the theme of the show is great for high school students.
“It is really about the search of identity, and high school is when people really search for who they are,” he said.
Sayre added that the show has “one of the best musical scores that I have ever heard.”
“Grand Duchy” will run from April 15 and 16 at 7pm. Visit the DPTC for more information.
UPDATE: The correct dates and time are April 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7pm. On the 16th and 23rd, there will be a matinee show at 2pm.