Daily News: What happens when the prince is too afraid to fight?

Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News
Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News

By Matthew Liedke

In the spring production, ‘The Last of the Dragons,’ the Princess has to save herself

The North Dakota State College of Science Drama Department is marking the beginning of spring with princesses and dragons.

This year for its spring children’s play, the department is putting on, “Last of the Dragons,” written by Kristin Walter.

The story, according to Theater Director Melissa Frank, is set in a kingdom called Middlefield where it is a tradition to have a princess tied to a rock on her 16th birthday, be kidnapped by a dragon and rescued by a prince. This tradition is followed with the two living happily ever after.

“In this story, the prince is too afraid to fight, the princess wants to be rescuing herself and the dragon is nowhere to be found,” Frank. “It’s part comedy and part romance. We have sword fighting, chase scenes and are hoping to have some music during the show.”

The cast for the play is small, with only six members and just 10 people make up the crew, however, the group has still become close over the course of production according to Frank.

“Everyone has been really supportive and responsive,” said Frank. “We’ve had some really good ideas from the cast and it’s a fantastic cast to work with. Everybody gets along so well.”

The play itself is geared toward children and Frank explained that there will be daytime performances for schools. However, she added that she still hopes families will come out for the evening shows.

“I think the whole community will enjoy it,” Frank said. “We are really trying to build a strong drama department at the college so it would be great to see people come out and see the performances.”

“Last of the Dragons” will be performed on March 31 and April 1-2 with all times at 7 p.m. The shows will take place at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the NDSCS campus cultural center.

Admission to the plays is free, however, food pantry items will be accepted as well as monetary donations which will support the performing arts department.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Department: Performing Arts

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