The Blue Springs City Theatre is trying something different starting tonight.

The Blue Springs City Theatre is trying something different starting tonight.
Not one show but two will be featured when a large cast of children from throughout the metro area perform “A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden,” two stories written by the same author and focusing on two orphan girls’ attempts to overcome negativity and setbacks.
“The stories focus on kids finding their own inner strength and self-confidence,” Tamera Bueno, a spokesperson and marketing director for the group, said. “It’s a good message for kids, something we want to reinforce.”
Written by the English author Frances Hodgson Burnett, the two stories center on orphaned British girls from colonial India. In “A Little Princess,” Sara journeys from rags to riches, accompanied by a wide assortment of unique and fascinating characters.
“There’s comedy, drama, charm, and a lesson that I think is important for all children to learn,” Bueno said.
“The Secret Garden” is about a girl named Mary Lennox, “known as a difficult child,” who is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England, described by the theater group as a gloomy fortress.
But once there, she meets Dickon, a gardener’s apprentice, who has the ability to communicate with animals. With his and the garden’s help, she is able to help her cousin, Colin, back to health.
Offering a double feature is new for the theater company, Bueno said, something they certainly will try again. Originally, the group was going to do “The Little Princess,” but director Julie McKinley suggested that they do both stories because they complement each other so well.
“So we went for it,” Bueno said. “I think people will enjoy it. People expect more than just a one-hour show, I think. And with these two shows, they have similar messages, but they are also presented differently.”
And as always, the theater group will devote a percentage of its money to a charity. For this performance, money will be given to The Animal Rescue Alliance. For the next show, “The Sisters Rosensweig,” a portion of ticket sales will be given to Hope House.
“A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden” will be performed tonight and Saturday, as well as Sunday and March 5-8, at the Blue Springs City Theatre, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. Curtain call is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 8. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and children under the age of 12. To purchase tickets visit the Web site, www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or call 816-228-1037.