The Light Princess

A world premiere!
Adapted from the story by George MacDonald
Book and Lyrics by Tony Lawton
Music by Alex Bechtel
Directed by Steve Pacek

On the Arcadia Stage

A new musical takes flight. Based on a Scottish legend by George MacDonald, this play tells the story of a teenager who has no gravity of any kind – in addition to having no feelings for others she floats in the air, unable to ever touch the ground.  Filled with wonderful characters and a beguiling score, this enchanting, clever and wickedly funny new musical will delight kids and parents alike.

Most enjoyed by families with children ages 6 and older.


Critical Acclaim -

"Teaches kids important lessons about the fundamental need for empathy, love, and the expression of sadness through tears."
- DC Metro Arts Read more here

"A stripped down production executed purely by talented individuals who know how to weave a delicious tale with merely the instruments on their backs (literally: accordion, viola, guitar) and simple props."
- Phindie Read more here

"Tony Lawton and Alex Bechtel's new musical takes George MacDonald's 150-year-old story as its base; it does not disappoint, and often surprises."
- Broad Street Review Read more here

"Creative costuming and stage play bring this whimsical story to life, with an original selection of songs and a clever look at what it means to grow up and gain empathy"
- Mommy Poppins Read more here

"Sometimes you have the fortune of being in the audience of a production that truly reaches your heart in a way you weren't quite prepared for."
- Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom Read more here

In the News -

Meet the grown men who brought the giggly, girly 'Light Princess' to stage at the Arden
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

The Arden's 'Light Princess' musical for children isn't so light after all
- Metro Read more here

Weekly Entertainment Guide - The Light Princess
- Newsworks Read more here

The Hit List: Victor Fiorillo Picks April’s 10 Best Shows in Philly
- Philadelphia Magazine Read more here

We are proud to announce that The Light Princess is Barrymore Recommended.

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Alex Bechtel (Prince/Witch)
Tony Lawton (MacDonald and others)
Brett Ashley Robinson (Princess)
Emily Gardner Xu Hall (Queen Humdrum)
Rob Tucker (King)

Steve Pacek
Scenic Design
Nick Benacerraf
Costume Design
Jill Keys
Lighting Design
Oona Curley
Sound Design
Rick Sims
Stage Manager
Kate Nelson