If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live someone else’s life you now have a chance to find out. The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep will be presenting the classic Mark Twain tale of mistaken ideas, The Prince and the Pauper. The play, directed by Aaron Rumley, will run November 29, 30 and December 1 at 7 p.m.; December 2 at 2 p.m. and a school matinee performance November 30 at 10 a.m. at North Coast Repertory Theatre .  

Prince Edward lives a life of luxury while Tom spends his days begging on the streets. When the two boys meet, a simple switch of clothing throws them each into a world they would have never dreamed possible. The prince, mistaken for Tom, is forced to live a pauper's life, while Tom unwillingly takes on the life of a prince. In the end each finds the truth within themselves.  

Joe Powers, Director of The Theatre School, strives to select plays with a variety of themes for his students to perform from year to year. He enables them to expand their knowledge of the world they live in and further explore the world of theatre. Each show is an opportunity to, not only share wonderful live theatre, but to look beyond the simple everyday things we encounter and allow our imaginations to ponder things outside of the normalcy we’re used to. 

I think all of us have asked ourselves, ‘what would it be like to be in someone else’s shoes, to spend time living your life through someone else’s perspective, to be judged by your appearance not by the qualities that make you who you are, the things that make you unique in the world?’” says Powers. “’What would it be like if no one believed anything you told them even though it is the truth?’ These are some of the questions posed by Mark Twain’s timeless story, The Prince and the Pauper.  

Devereux Katz of Del Mar will be playing the role of Prince Edward and Peter Lillian of Rancho Santa Fe will be playing the role of Tom Canty the Pauper. Adult actor mentor, Jude Evans of Poway , will play the roles of Hertford and the Hermit.  

Rounding out the cast of young thespians is Mary Ashley Arendsee of Rancho Santa Fe (Mrs. Canty); Liam Carr of Escondido (2nd Fellow/Pageboy); Sara Carr of Escondido (Lady Jane); Alynia Phillips of Carlsbad (Biddy); Kate Ross of San Marcos (Bet); Vince Coleman of Encinitas (Miles); Natalie Dorosewicz of Rancho Santa Fe (Bumble); Eva Loeser of Rancho Santa Fe (Mrs. Bentley/Girl/2nd Woman); Isabelle Vianu of Solana Beach (Lady Gwen); Rhiannon Tylutki of Oceanside (1st Fellow/Woman); Carson Angel of Solana Beach (Guard); Anya Tugucheva of Carlsbad (Mrs. Hobbs) and Justin Feinman of Carlsbad (Jailor/Constable).  

Crew for the production includes Alynia Phillips of Carlsbad (Stage Manager); Rhiannon Tylutki of Oceanside (Assistant Stage Manager); Garrett Peterson of Rancho Santa Fe (Light Operator) and Natty Zwail of Del Mar (Sound Operator).  

Each season the Theatre School @ North Coast Rep produces four productions each season, including original One-Acts and Summer Shakespeare, designed for young audiences and families. The school also offers several informative, educational and enjoyable courses for students to enhance their knowledge of the theatre and allow them to grow artistically.  

Tickets are available now, adults $12 and children $9. Tickets may be purchased by calling 858-481-1055, or online at North Coast Repertory Theatre is located in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive , Suite D, in Solana Beach , just east of Interstate I-5. The box office is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on performance days.




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