Celebrity readings coming to a Calgary Public Library Branch Near You
Theatre Calgary is pleased to announce a new community partnership with the Calgary Public Library in conjunction with our world premiere of The Little Prince - The Musical. Sharing this story with our community, in multiple languages, allows so many Calgarians to discover (or rediscover) the magic of this universal story in person.
Starting tomorrow, and continuing on through January, we will host special free readings in English, French, and Spanish, from the original book at library branches city-wide as presented by local luminaries.
Written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943, The Little Prince is a spectacular celebration of the imagination and the artist within us all. Generations of readers around the globe have treasured the novella for its heartfelt observations about the power of love and the imagination, as well as its hand-drawn illustrations by Saint-Exupéry himself. The Little Prince has been translated into more than 250 languages and sold more than 140 million copies worldwide.
Our local luminaries include:
December 8 - 12:00 pm, Central - MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI
December 9 - 11:00 am, Crowfoot - BRADEN GRIFFITHS (actor, A Christmas Carol)
December 11 - 11:15 am, Louise Riley (in French) - PAULA HUMBY (actor, A Christmas Carol), and ROY KLASSEN (Honorary French Consul General)
December 11 - 3:00pm, Shawnessy (in Spanish) - VICKY VELASCO, Artistic Director of Teatro Gato Negro
December 12 - 11:30am, Bowness - JAY INGRAM (Broadcaster, Co-Founder, Beakerhead)
January 8 - 3:00pm, Saddletowne - LORNA CROWSHOE (Aboriginal Issues Strategist - City of Calgary)
January 9 - 2:15pm, Fish Creek (in French) - JEAN GRAND-MAITRE (Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet)
January 12 - 4:30pm, Forest Lawn - BRIAN BURKE (President of Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames)
“The Calgary Public Library is delighted to work with Theatre Calgary and host readings of The Little Prince at eight of our community libraries. Appealing to all ages, The Little Prince is one of the world’s most beloved and translated books. We are proud to help share its message of courage, creativity, and strength of the human spirit," says Rosemary Griebel, Service Design Lead – Services for Readers for the Calgary Public Library.
"Working in partnership with the Calgary Public Library is one of the strongest ways we can connect readers, both young and old, with the wonderful words of the book and magic in our production of The Little Prince," says Theatre Calgary Executive Director Colleen A. Smith. "We are so thankful that many local leaders, advocates, and artists are willing to share their love of the book with Calgarians at the readings. It really is a wonderful way of embracing Calgary's community spirit."