The Princess and the Goblin

One magical princess, one young mine laborer and one army of menacing goblins: the scene is set for a work that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien to write about the battle for Middle Earth and for C.S. Lewis to write about the imaginary world of Narnia.

Jason Sullivan and Morgan Fenner deal with a goblin in the Theater Department's production of the Princess and the Goblin.

In partnership with Resonance Story Theater, the Noorda Theater will be producing “The Princess and the Goblin,” a classic tale for audiences of all ages.

Adapted from the original work of George MacDonald by playwright and author Sandra Fenichel Asher, “The Princess and the Goblin” premiered in New York, and is coming here for its second production. Asher will be traveling from Pennsylvania to see the Noorda Theater productions and work directly with the student cast.

Morgan Fenner, a senior theater performance major, describes this “very magic and fun” show as a classic, but dark story of bravery, honor and believing in oneself.

The upcoming performances will be rewarding for Fenner and the other members of the cast, who have been rehearsing since May, 2011. The best part though, Fenner insists, is getting to talk to the kids in the audience after the performance “to see what effect you have on them.”

After the three upcoming shows at the Noorda Theater, the production will hit the road, traveling to elementary schools and libraries all over Utah County. There will be performances for children and youth every Tuesday and Thursday through October and November.

The showtimes include two evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Sept.16 and 17 and a matinee at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 17.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Noorda Theater website at or call (801)863-8105.

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