Season Productions


Theater auditions are held at the Dorothy K. Merrill Fine Arts Center. 

Performances April 21-29, 2023

At the Black Box Theater at East Ridge High School

A MAC Education Production; By-Kids, For-Kids

Lucille’s mother tells her the story of “The Princess King” as it unfolds before our eyes on the stage.  Princess Genevieve wants to marry Henry, but he’s just a common cook.  Of course, the king thinks this is ridiculous and takes it upon himself to choose who will be the next king and a suitable husband for his daughter.  Though the princess begs her father to let her lead the kingdom herself, the king instead decides to hold a contest to find the next king.  Princess Genevieve is outraged that she has been reduced to a trophy for her father’s contest, so she and Henry cook up a plot to have Genevieve enter the contest herself.  Disguised as a prince, Genevieve is intent on proving to her father that she is worthy to wear the kingdom’s crown.  Meanwhile, to cover for her absence, Henry clumsily masquerades as the princess, and Genevieve’s maid tries to cover for the cook!  Filled with mistaken identities, tongue-in-cheek humor, and over-the-top characters, You will cheer for the princess as she tries to outsmart Prince Air-Guitar and evil “Prince Fluffy” and battle the great chicken-dragon, with some help from Henry’s delicious lasagna!

Dayna Railton, Director

Dayna Railton has been a prolific director in the Twin Cities for nearly two decades, and loves working with kids. She has directed 142 plays including 37 full musicals in that timeframe. Dayna has been the Artistic Director of The Play’s the Thing Productions since 2009 in Lakeville. She has directed a number of plays with Merrill Arts Center, including last season’s sold-out hit production of Miss Nelson is Missing. The Princess King is the first co-production between The Play’s The Thing Production and Merrill Arts Center.

Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything — including hiring a private eye — to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.

Miss Nelson is Missing is Merrill Arts Center’s annual By-Kids-For-Kids educational program show! Miss Nelson is Missing is Produced by Special Arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)