Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Guthrie Theater to Present Adaptation Of THE LITTLE PRINCE, Directed By Dominique Serrand

Full of whimsy and wonder, this imaginative fairy tale for the whole family studies the contrast between the innocence of youth and the inevitable realities of adulthood.

Guthrie Theater to Present Adaptation Of THE LITTLE PRINCE, Directed By Dominique Serrand

The Guthrie Theater has announced the cast and creative team for The Little Prince, adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar and based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Under the direction of Dominique Serrand, The Little Prince will play December 10, 2022 - February 5, 2023, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Single tickets start at $20 for preview performances (December 10-15). All other performances range from $31 to $80. The Little Prince is recommended for ages 8 and up; children under 5 are not admitted. Single and group tickets are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224 (single), 1.877.447.8243 (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group) or online at guthrietheater.org. Accessibility services (ASL-interpreted, audio-described, open-captioned and relaxed performances) are available on select dates. For up-to-date information about the theater's health and safety policies, visit www.guthrietheater.org/health.

"The Little Prince is a beautifully moving novella that I came to as an adult, and while it takes the shape of a children's tale, its poignant lessons and universal themes of friendship, love, creativity and growing up will resonate with theatergoers of all ages," said Artistic Director Joseph Haj. "I'm thrilled by the extraordinary group of artists we've collected to make this play and excited for Guthrie audiences to enjoy this endearing story with friends and family this holiday season."

Full of whimsy and wonder, this imaginative fairy tale for the whole family studies the contrast between the innocence of youth and the inevitable realities of adulthood. After his plane crashes in the Sahara, a pilot is plotting his survival strategy when a little prince with a gleeful spirit appears. Over the course of a week, the prince tells the pilot tales of his intergalactic travels to various planets, Earth included. Each story sheds new light on their philosophical questions until the two unlikely companions find the answers - and their lives - hanging in the balance.

The cast of The Little Prince features Steven Epp (Guthrie: Metamorphoses, Refugia, Indecent) as Aviator, Nathan Keepers (Guthrie: Noises Off, Refugia, King Lear) as King/Snake/Fox, Reed Northrup (Guthrie: debut) as Little Prince, Wariboko Semenitari (Guthrie: debut) as Conceited Man/Lamplighter/Puppeteer and Catherine Young (Guthrie: debut) as Rose/Businessman/Geographer/Puppeteer.

The creative team for The Little Prince includes Dominique Serrand (Director), Rachel Hauck (Scenic Designer), Olivera Gajic (Costume and Puppet Designer), Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer), Sinan Refik Zafar (Sound Designer), Carla Steen (Resident Dramaturg), Mira Kehoe (Vocal Coach), Kimberly Richardson (Movement Director), Jennifer Liestman (Resident Casting Director), Lori Lundquist (Stage Manager), Laura Topham (Assistant Stage Manager), Cara Phipps (Assistant Director) and McCorkle Casting, Ltd. (NYC Casting Consultant).

A French aviator, poet and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author) became enamored with aviation while still a boy in France and learned to fly as an air force officer, later transitioning to commercial flights in 1926. Aviation is a theme through much of Saint-Exupéry's work, including Southern Mail (1929), Night Flight (1931), Wind, Sand and Stars (1939) and Flight to Arras (1942). After France was invaded by Germany in World War II, Saint-Exupéry left Europe for the U.S. where he wrote and illustrated The Little Prince as a philosophical fable for children in 1943. He returned to his squadron in North Africa and disappeared while on a reconnaissance flight over southern France in 1944, likely shot down by a German fighter.

Composer Rick Cummins and playwright/lyricist John Scoullar (Adapters) have adapted The Little Prince into four versions: two musicals and two plays (the Guthrie is producing one of the plays). Cummins' work includes That's Life!, Pets!, Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League. Scoullar's work includes The Legend of Finn McCool; Hello, Dears; Old Fashion Bargain Days; and Canticle. Scoullar, who was also an actor, passed away in 2011. The Little Prince is Cummins and Scoullar's only collaboration.

Paris native Dominique Serrand (Director) is the former Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the celebrated Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, where he acted, conceived, directed and designed for most of the theater's productions from 1978 to 2008. Under Serrand's leadership, Theatre de la Jeune Lune received the 2005 Regional Theatre Tony Award. He has directed at countless theaters throughout his career, including Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, Children's Theatre Company and The Alley Theatre, among others. He studied at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and was knighted by the French government with the Order of Arts and Letters. Serrand returns to the Guthrie after previously directing The Triumph of Love (1993), The Comedy of Errors (2002) and Refugia (2017).

Relaxed Performance - Sunday, January 22 at 1 p.m.


A relaxed performance is intended to be sensitive to and accepting of any audience member who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. It is intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences and/or other challenges attending the theater. Single tickets to the relaxed performance of The Little Prince are $29 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 612.377.2224. For more information, visit www.guthrietheater.org/relaxed.



Interview: Atlas O Phoenix of TRANS - LATE at Bryant Lakebowl Theater Photo
FOMO in community? Come to Trans-LATE! Trans-LATE! is a fun, new low-key bimonthly wellness event and community fundraiser created, founded, & produced by Atlas O Phoenix.

Interview: CEO Alice Schroeder of ZENITH CITY HORROR at Zenith City Horror Photo
Zenith City Horror is a unique Duluth, Minnesota based production company.

Ballet Co.Laboratory Presents THE WILD RUMPUS Photo
Ballet Co.Laboratory's new ballet, The Wild Rumpus, explores the journey to understand the various bubbling emotions inside us all. This age-old quest has been the subject of countless books, but iconic children's book author Maurice Sendak may have found the best answer – imagination.

Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Ashland Productions Photo
What did our critic think of LEGALLY BLONDE at Ashland Productions?


More Hot Stories For You


Ballet Co.Laboratory Presents THE WILD RUMPUSBallet Co.Laboratory Presents THE WILD RUMPUS
January 31, 2023

Ballet Co.Laboratory's new ballet, The Wild Rumpus, explores the journey to understand the various bubbling emotions inside us all. This age-old quest has been the subject of countless books, but iconic children's book author Maurice Sendak may have found the best answer – imagination.

Photos: First Look At LOCOMOTION At Children's Theatre CompanyPhotos: First Look At LOCOMOTION At Children's Theatre Company
January 27, 2023

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has announced the cast and creative team for Jacqueline Woodson’s Locomotion, adapted from Ms. Woodson’s own book. The production will be directed by Talvin Wilks. See photos from the production.

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces New Board MembersHennepin Theatre Trust Announces New Board Members
January 27, 2023

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced two new members to its board of directors. Gerardo Casahonda, senior director of indirect tax at Thomson Reuters and Trisha Duncan, director of Minnesota community relations for Xcel Energy start their tenure on the board Thursday, Jan. 26. Andrea Mokros, current vice chair of the Trust's board of directors, has been elected to follow Travis Barkve as chair of the board and officially begins her term as chair today.

Duluth Playhouse Presents THE GLASS MENAGERIEDuluth Playhouse Presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE
January 20, 2023

A drama of great tenderness, charm, and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is an icon of the American theater. With poetic realism this momentous memory play gets a fresh take in the hands of director Anika Thompson. 

SINGING WITH THE STARS Announced At The NorShor TheatreSINGING WITH THE STARS Announced At The NorShor Theatre
January 13, 2023

On March 3, 2023 Duluth Playhouse is inviting the community for a roaring good time of lighthearted competition in support of the Arts. This unforgettable night will feature a variety of local personalities living out their Broadway dreams on the NorShor stage.