Beloved classic Little House on the Prairie has come to life at Cumberland County Playhouse, beginning Friday, Sept. 10 when “Little House on the Prairie, the Musical” opened on the Mainstage.
“We’ve wanted to do Little House at the Playhouse for 10 years,” said Producing Director Bryce McDonald, who directs the show. “I’m thrilled that we now have the chance to perform this wonderful, heartwarming musical for our audience.”
This stage adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books follows the family’s journey westward to the newly settled heartland to find hope, love, and the promise of a new beginning in a land of endless sky and open prairie. In story, song, and dance, the family perseveres through the hardships of winter blizzards and prairie ﬁres as well as rejoicing in the settlement of the land.
Most of all, the story follows Laura as she grows from a child who loved to run free into a woman who embraces the responsibilities of her own future while remaining true to herself.
Laura struggles to overcome a lifelong aversion to school and frequent battles with a town rival, but it’s her older sister’s sudden blindness that truly tests the independent spirit of this young pioneer. Forced to grow up quickly, she follows an unexpected calling, becoming a teacher and finding love on the prairie.
Above all, “Little House on the Prairie, the Musical” is a celebration of the pioneering spirit and core values on which this country was founded – a spirit that still resonates today.
This production features Harli Cooper as Laura, Heather McCall as Mary, Weslie Webster and Britt Hancock as Ma and Pa Ingalls, Sarah Hedrick and Mahala Lantry as Carrie, Christian Melhuish as Almanzo Wilder, and Hannah Hays as Nellie Oleson.
Also in the cast are Jacob Alexander, Daniel Black, Kelsey Brodeur, Justin Burr, Cory Clark, Jensen Crain-Foster, Kyra Crosby, Taylor Dearman, Paul Gary, Harper Hadden, DeAnna Helgeson, Emma Jordan, David Kappel, Elle Lisic, Evan Lisic, Lauren Marshall, Weston Moody, Bradley Moore, Charlie Munday, Sarah Norris, Kylan Ritchie, Jason Ross, Michael Ruff, Caitlin Schaub, Luke Smith, Robert Walker, and Henley Willis.
“Little House on the Prairie, the Musical”, rated G, has a book written by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin, music by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, and lyrics by Donna Di Novelli. It runs through October 28.
“The 39 Steps”, rated PG, is currently in the Adventure Theater through September 30, and “Peter and the Starcatcher”, rated PG, will be in the Adventure Theater October 8 through November 11.
All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by Tennessee Arts Commission, Playhouse media sponsor The Crossville Chronicle, and Playhouse Season Partners Plateau Pediatrics and Tim and Susan Tewalt.