Meet Nicole Scribner, director of CCA Children’s Theatre production of The Little Prince. The play runs March 3, 4, 8, 9, & 10. Tickets available online here, in the CCA Gallery at 215 Cascade Avenue, and at Waucoma Bookstore.
Q&A With The Little Prince Director Nicole Scribner
Why are you directing The Little Prince?
I have always loved the story of The Little Prince, and when it was suggested to me as a possible CCA show I was very excited to branch out into directing theatre. The themes of navigating interpersonal relationships and looking back on childhood as something to be regained resonate with me, and I’d like to share that with the community.
Your degree is in film; do you see this influence your work as a stage director? In what ways?
My degree is in film, but before that most of my experience was in live performance. I view film and theatre as two different tools you can use to tell a story, like a paintbrush and pencil. I’m sure my experience in film affects my stage work just as all of our past experiences color our present actions, but ultimately I look at all of it as storytelling.
With all the energy required for rehearsing with a cast of mostly-teens, what is your preferred method of caffeine consumption?Coffee (I usually use a pour-over cone) with lots of cream and some sugar.
You’ve cast a number of young performers in roles typically played by adults. Can you talk a bit about what led to that casting choice?
We got a lot of interest from kids of all ages at the auditions, which gave me the opportunity to explore one of the themes of the play: the relationship between adulthood and childhood. Many of the younger performers play adults who are almost childish in their actions—a king who can’t handle disobedience, so changes his orders until they are obeyed; a man so concerned with his appearance he thinks of nothing else; a businessman who owns the stars simply because he thought of it first.
What is your go-to tune for singing in the car/shower?
“Take On Me” by a-Ha
The Little Prince has many themes related to childhood. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
When I was around 5 or 6 years old, we had a neighbor who had an amazing greenhouse filled with plants. He was an old hippie with a good sense of the beauty in the world. I’d often go over and help him in his garden. One day we planted some “magic seeds,” which were just sparkly plastic beads. Once we had tucked them into the soil, he sent me into the greenhouse for a watering can so we could start them off right. But when I came back, where we had planted the beads fully grown flowers had sprouted! Of course, my neighbor had planted them while I was getting the water, but to my very young mind it was magical! Now I see a different kind of magic in that story: a grown-up who never lost the wonder of childhood and wanted to share it with me.
Who do you think will enjoy this show?
I think anyone who remembers (or would like to remember) what it was like to be a child will enjoy this show, as well as anyone who has ever “tamed” or been “tamed” by another person.
What is your favorite quote from the play?
I think the reasons I like this story can be summed up in a couple quotes from the character of the Fox: “Words are the source of misunderstanding,” and “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
If you had unlimited time and budget, what would be your dream project (theatre or otherwise)?
Unlimited time and budget? I’d like to put on a production in space. Low/zero gravity would be an interesting place to perform, and someone has to bring theatre to the Mars colony (once we get that going).
Draw me a sheep?
The play runs March 3, 4, 8, 9, & 10. Tickets available online here, in the CCA Gallery at 215 Cascade Avenue, and at Waucoma Bookstore.