New children’s show opens at Millbrook

MILL HALL — “The Prince and the Pauper” is the second offering in the Millbrook Playhouse Saturday Morning Kids Show series and will be presented on July 29, and Aug. 5.

The commedia troupe — made up of Columbine, Rosetta, Punchin and Harlequin – cracks open a big book of stories once again to share Mark Twain’s tale “The Prince and the Pauper.” This take on the classic story of mixed-up identity is ripe with physical comedy, clowning, antics, and slapstick. The players are pretending to be other people… who are pretending to be somebody else themselves!

“The Prince and the Pauper” tells the story of two boys in England who were born on the same day and look identical, but are not related. One is a prince and the other is a pauper. Through unusual circumstances, they meet and exchange clothing, which leads to everyone getting confused about which boy is who, and the other way ’round.

The actors make the show as entertaining and relevant today as it was to the people of Renaissance Europe, when commedia dell’arte was at its height of popularity.

The acting troupe is formed from Millbrook’s multi-talented staff, with Matt Spencer as Harlequin, Brooke Reese as Rosetta, Michael Rogers as Punchin, and Tristin Evans as Columbine.

“The Prince and the Pauper” is one of 11 commedia dell’arte adaptations written by the renowned, award-winning children’s playwright Lane Riosley and directed by Michaela Barczak. Scenic design is by Darby Fitzsimons, costume design is by Sherry Wu, lighting design is by Kenzie Currie, props design is by Trinity Aragon-Burton, and sound design is by Nathaniel Garcia. David Leidholdt is Millbrook artistic director.

The show will be presented on the courtyard stage at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For tickets, call 570-748-8083, visit, or stop at the box office.