THE PRINCE'S NEW PET tells the story of Prince Viridian, a young boy living in the grayest kingdom ever, where feelings are strictly forbidden. On the morning of the Prince’s tenth birthday, he gets a mysterious, magical surprise: a colorful little creature called a Wooglefoof! As chaos erupts and emotions abound, Prince Viridian begins to question the laws of the kingdom. Maybe feelings make life harder, but could they also make it better?
This whimsical new musical – based on the book by Brian Anderson – was written by musical theatre writers, Jessica Penzias (book), Christyn Budzyna (lyrics), and Anthony De Angelis (music). The trio met in the Tony Award-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where they later developed THE PRINCE'S NEW PET.
In "Tone It Down", we meet our hero, Prince Viridian. Today is his tenth birthday party, and he struggles to contain his excitement in a world that doesn't allow emotions.
The Color Catcher throws the Wooglefoof in the dungeon, and Prince Viridian is determined to rescue her. He breaks into the dungeon and inadvertently frightens the Wooglefoof by casting a large shadow on the wall. In this song, he comforts his new friend.
In the dungeon, the Prince and Wooglefoof meet a prisoner named Murialis, banished from the kingdom for being a painter. She introduces the Prince and Wooglefoof to her forbidden world of color and emotions.
King Cerulean remembers his wife, and finally opens up to Prince Viridian about his reasons for banishing color.
The Prince's New Pet was written for kindergarten to third grade students and their families.
The Wooglefoof can be played by an actor or a puppet! Our photo galleries have examples of both.
Major themes of the show include learning how to express your feelings, and parent-child relationships.
The run time of the show is about 50 minutes.
The size of the cast is flexible. The minimum cast size is 8.
Simple projections and light cues may be used to indicate moments in which the Wooglefoof is spreading color.
Anthony De Angelis (Composer) is a New York based musician and composer. His family musical, THE PRINCE'S NEW PET, debuted in 2018. He is currently at work creating a new musical regarding the Fox Sisters and the founding of Spiritualism. Other songs he's written could be heard in "Russian Broadway" and "Frozen on Broadway: First Look" on YouTube. Sutton Foster sang his song, "Kindness" on "The Birds and The BS With Jordan Roth." In addition, he contributed songs in conjunction with his partner Christyn to "Contemporary Christmas" at The Duplex in 2016.
His Broadway work as a pianist/conductor includes Associate Musical Director for BRIGHT STAR as well as playing performances of ALADDIN, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and THE LITTLE MERMAID. Off-Broadway he has served as Associate Musical Director for KID VICTORY and PACIFIC OVERTURES. He has also played performances of GRAND HOTEL, ASSASSINS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, THE ADDING MACHINE, and BUNTY BERMAN PRESENTS. As an orchestrator his arrangements could be heard at The New Yorks Pops, The Cincinnati Pops, and The National Symphony Orchestra.
Christyn Budzyna (Lyricist) is a musical theatre lyricist based in New York City.
Works include: THE PRINCE'S NEW PET (with Anthony DeAngelis and Jessica Penzias , productions at Stimulus Children’s Theatre and Fuse Productions), BAKED GOODS (with Helen Park and Charlie Cohen, 2016 Sound Bites Festival, winner of the 2017 City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival, winner of the 2018 Sam French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival), THE FOX SISTERS (with Anthony De Angelis and Jessica Penzias), BOTS! (with Denver Casado and Jessica Penzias, Beat by Beat Press commission), and “The Lights Before Christmas” poem. (Bank of America commission performed by Jane Krakowski at the Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting Skate-tacular ).
Christyn was awarded the 2017 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting for her work on BAKED GOODS. The piece will be published and licensed by Samuel French Inc. in the coming year. Christyn is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Tony Award-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She has a passion for writing code as well as writing musicals, and works as a web developer for The Public Theater.
Jessica Penzias is a New York-based librettist and playwright.
Works include: The Prince's New Pet (with Anthony De Angelis and Christyn Budzyna, productions at Stimulus Children’s Theatre and Fuse Productions), BOTS! (with Denver Casado and Christyn Budzyna, Beat by Beat commission), From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (with Adam Ben-David and Christyn Budzyna, 92Y Musical Theater Development Lab), The Fox Sisters (with De Angelis and Budzyna), Group Scenes for Young Actors (Beat by Beat commission), Dime A Dozen, M.R.S. Degree, and The Whole Damn Thing (Midtown International Theatre Festival Production, Lark Playwrights' Week Finalist).
Jessica is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Tony Award-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Librettists' Workshop, and the 92Y Musical Theater Development Lab. She was awarded the Jerry Harrington Award For Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2016. As an associate at Jill Furman Productions, Jessica aided in the development and production of Hamilton and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. BA: University of Pennsylvania.
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