The Story of The Little Prince

Possibly set in the 1930s, a pilot crashes his plane into the Sahara Desert in Africa. While trying to fix his airplane, he comes across a little man (the Little Prince) dressed in green who is from an asteroid out in space. He tells the pilot about a beautiful rose that he left behind so he could journey across the galaxy. As the little man tells his tales, the pilot is slowly drawn into a world filled with imaginative thinking and strong friendships.

Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Official Synopsis: “In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe. A rose, a sheep, and an array of unusual adults on their own small planets spark wonder in Artistic Director Courtney Sale’s SCT directorial debut. Adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella, this treasured tale reminds us of the power of innocence and boundless love.”

I’m a child of the 80s and I distinctly remember watching The Little Prince on TV.

We didn’t get to watch much TV growing up, but I remember that being one on the “approved” list. I remember it being a show that felt special in some way.

Later when I was in my college French class, I read Le Petite Prince en français and it brought back all the feels!

I tried watching the movie version a couple of years ago with my then-toddler. But, it just didn’t have the magic I remembered.

I was very curious to see how this Seattle Children’s Theatre version would measure up against the book.

What My Preschooler Thought of The Show

The Little Prince is a play at Seattle Children's Theatre and features Dedra D Woods as the Rose.
The Rose was brought to life by Dedra D Woods in the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of The Little Prince. Photo credit: Elise Bakketun

This show is geared for kids ages 6 and older. I think it’s because of the length of the show. I brought my 4-year-old and crossed my fingers it would be okay. Thankfully, he really liked it!

In addition to actors on the stage, Seattle Children’s Theatre uses animation to tell the story of The Little Prince.

As soon as the aviator starts drawing the snake who ate the elephant, this world drew in my preschooler. And they use shadow puppets to show the little prince trekking around Earth.

Anne Allgood did an amazing job with her character Snake at Seattle Children's Theatre's production of The Little Prince. Photo credit: Elise Bakketun
Anne Allgood did an amazing job with her character Snake. Photo credit: Elise Bakketun

My preschooler’s favorite part of the show was seeing the snake, “even though it wasn’t a real snake” because he thought it was funny. He thought the parts with the snake were scary, but not too scary for him.

He told me later that he also liked the part with the fox because “she wrapped her tail around me after the show.”

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The only part that was a bit confusing for my preschooler is that all the actors, besides the aviator, were women. So, he asked about “the little princess” and wanted to know why they called her a “little man.”

My son is at an age where he’s trying to categorize people. We ended up calling the little prince a “she” most of the show and he was very excited to meet “her” afterwards.

What I Thought of The Little Prince as a Parent

I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was pure, well-executed and gave me all the feels. The overall story played well for kids, yet had a deeper level for adults.

Seeing the planet with the accountant who is so focused on counting all the stars hit home. He was unable to appreciate the stars because he was so busy.

And the planet with the conceited man also felt very 2018! It was a great way to show how we all live in our own bubbles.

The comedy was also on point. While I wouldn’t consider this a “funny” play, it definitely had it’s moments. I genuinely chuckled at a few of the Fox’s lines and delivery.

Seattle Children's Theatre's production of The Little Prince is for kids ages 6 and up
My son liked asking the actors questions after the show. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Loneliness was another strong emotion. When it becomes clear that the Little Prince is willing to sacrifice his life in order to reconnect with his beloved Rose, I actually teared up a bit. This caught me off guard.

While this is considered a children’s show, quite a few young couples without kids were in the audience. Because of the layers to this show, it would make a nice date night for couples who don’t mind a crowd full of families.

Here’s What to Know:

The Little Prince items for children at Seattle Children's Theatre's gift shop
There is a small section of the gift shop dedicated to The Little Prince items. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
  • Show runs January 18-March 4, 2018. There are a variety of late morning, afternoon and evening performances.
  • It’s a play, not a musical. There’s a little bit of music to accompany the dialog, and there’s a tiny bit of dancing/movement. However, it’s mostly a show that requires the audience to be pretty quiet.
  • It’s 1 hour 45 minutes long, with an intermission. If you aren’t sure your child can sit quietly for long stretches of time, this might not be the right show for your family. This was the longest live theatre production my son has been to. They sell snacks that can be eaten in the lobby during intermission.
  • Include a trip to Pacific Science Center. Since The Little Prince has a space/aviation/exploration theme, it makes sense to visit the Pacific Science Center right next door.
  • Take the Monorail for an extra adventure. You can park Downtown and hop on the Monorail to add extra excitement for your kids. It’s a short ride, but kids LOVE it!
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The Little Prince at Seattle Children's Theatre reviewSeattle Children’s Theatre provided me with press tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Author

Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

46 Comments

    • marciecheung Reply

      So do we! He’s already asking me if we can see another play!

  1. How fun! Growing up my favorite memories are going to see musicals with my mom and sometimes my dad. I am so glad that you both loved this one! What great memories <3

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s just so cool to see something live because it’s extra special!

  2. Looks like you guys had an awesome experience! We absolutely loved going to the theater as kids!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I remember going for the first time in 3rd grade and being completely changed by the experience!

  3. I saw shows here all the time as a kid! My favorite was the fiddler on the roof. I hope programs like these can stick around.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I’m really hoping we can keep the arts alive and well for our kids!

  4. I’m impressed your 4 year old sat through almost a 2 hours show! That’s great. I used to perform in children’s theater. It’s so much fun to see the kids so excited. I don’t know The Little Prince (even though I’m a child of the 80s too!) But it sounds fantastic.

    • marciecheung Reply

      He spent most of it sitting on my lap, but he was engaged the whole time. I credit the fact that he watches a lot of movies at home. Screen time has benefits, right? 🙂

  5. This sounds like such a fun production! It’s so great that you take your son to the theater. He’ll have great memories to share with his kids one day!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, do it! Plus it opens the door for interesting conversations!

  6. This sounds like a wonderful way to get the kids involved in the arts. I’ve never read the little prince but this makes me want to! Looks like a wonderful production.

  7. Looks like a beautiful show! We watched The Little Prince on Netflix and loved it, I bet it was even better as a live performance!

    • marciecheung Reply

      You know, as soon as we got home, my son wanted to watch it on Netflix, too! He enjoyed it more after seeing this production.

  8. My parents used to take me to see plays at our little theater when I was a child. I thought it was the coolest experience. I can’t wait to do the same with my kids.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I hope you get to! We love Seattle Children’s Theatre!

  9. Ozum | Mama Mingo Reply

    The Little Prince is one of my all time favorite books! I have two copies in two different languages and I still buy it as a gift for people from time to time. It makes me happy to see people are adapting the book and telling this beautiful story on different platforms. I hope they will visit LA soon!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I hope there’s a production in LA, too! Such a great story! So timeless!

  10. This show looks great! I can’t wait til my babe is a little bit older and I can take him to the theater! Also love Seattle 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I’ve been waiting until my son was old enough and I’m so stoked he likes it!

  11. Sounds lovely. We’ve never been to Seattle children’s theatre but I think the kids would love it – especially the shadow puppets since they are fascinated by puppets at the moment.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I thought the shadow puppets was a cool way to show how far the Little Prince had explored Earth.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, we made a whole evening of it and it was quite memorable!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this. I had no idea that it was playing and I think that my kids would love it.

  13. Oh my goodness I would love to go and see this show. I hope my son enjoys things like this when he gets older. This is a great family bonding activity. And great job for exposing him to different types of story telling.

  14. I really loved this book as a child too. That said, I’d love to see this production, though a little out of my way! It sounds like a great play for children to enjoy too. A classic book, and a seemingly good show.

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