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Holiday Musical

The Dancing Princesses

book by Joseph McDonough | music & lyrics by David Kisor

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Several single shoes, including a ballet shoe, cowboy boot, a tap shoe, and several others, and a glistening key against a purple background

From the creators of last season’s hit Cinderella comes a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a kingdom where an enchanting mystery is afoot! Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This is the heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different princesses who embark upon a journey of the imagination that explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love. The Dancing Princesses is suitable for all ages!

Run time: ~ 1 hr, 45 min with one intermission

This production is suitable for all audiences.

Creative team

Joseph McDonough

Joseph McDonough

David Kisor

Composer & Lyricist
David Kisor


Icons of a large print program, Braille, and audio description.Audio-described performance

Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 7:00 pm

Icons of a hearing aid and American Sign LanguageASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:00 pm

Photo credits | Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.