"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
What is your favourite part of The Little Prince?
Is it that little flower whose constant demands confound the Little Prince and his love for her?
Is it that wonderful drawing of the boa constrictor who swallowed an elephant?
You can share this beautiful story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with your children this Saturday October 13 at 1:30 and at 3:30 p.m., when it is told with music by the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the NAC’s Southam Hall.
The production of “The Little Prince” by L’Arsenal à musique is a daring blend of light, visual effects and music by Canadian composers Denis Gougeon and Yves Daoust.
Winner of an Opus award in 2000 for best production for a young audience, “The Little Prince” follows the story of a pilot with engine trouble that lands his aircraft in the middle of the desert and is awakened by an enigmatic child who regales him with stories about his travels to different planets.
The concert marks the first appearance by Alain Trudel as the NAC Orchestra’s new Principal Youth and Family Conductor. “The Little Prince” will also feature Lorrena Corradi and Reggi Ettore as narrator-soloists.
“I am very much looking forward to leading these wonderful concerts, and getting to know our enthusiastic audiences of the TD Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra series,” Alain said. “We are all in for many exciting musical adventures together this season.”
Parents, don’t forget Tunetown—free learn-and-play activities in the lobbies, organized by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra, begin 45 minutes before each concert.
Finally—and also for parents— here’s a parting piece of advice from the Little Prince himself:
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again."