July 28, 1952–August 1, 1952
San Diego City Park Playgrounds
Directed by Rosemary Rice and Mary Corrigan
Written by Geraldine McGaughan
Our 4th Season, 1951-1952
The Princess Who Disappeared
Hopscotch, the wicked witch, turns Baby Princess into a caterpillar! Imprisoned in a time tree, the Princess turns sixteen in one day. Will Prince Charming free her from Hopscotch and her evil minions?
San Diego Community Theater’s Junior Theater Wing produced Geraldine McGaughan’s 1944 one-act, The Princess Who Disappeared, as one of two touring community outreach productions in the Summer of 1952. The other was Farmer Grigg's Boggart by Mary Thurman Pyle.
Rosemary Rice directed her 10-12 year-old students from the Summer Drama Workshop, under the supervision of program director Mary Corrigan. The Princess Who Disappeared was performed at 17 city playground areas, with flexible sets transported from venue-to-venue by truck.
Young Raquel Welch performed in this fairy tale about an evil witch, a princess and a caterpillar.
A JT Premiere! Recommended for all ages.
David Clayton, Pamela Dobbs, Gayla Erickson, Clarice Gillis, William Ingram, John Charles Laris, Alice Leavenworth, Karen Lewis, Jimmy Martin, Sharon Martin, Gail McClung, Jeanette McDaniel, Jean Peck, Caryl Rambo, Lynne Samuel, Marilyn Ann Stirling, Jo Raquel Tejada, Valerie Webber
Written for the Stage by Geraldine MacGaughan. The Princess Who Disappeared, A Prose Fairy Tale in Three Scenes presented through special arrangement with Row-Peterson Plays, Evanston, IL. Sponsored in part by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, and by the City of San Diego. Sources: Row-Peterson Plays Catalog, 1949-1950, Evanston, IL: Row-Peterson, 1949. Ralph W. Hastings, “S.D. Junior Theater Active,” San Diego Union, July 27, 1952, c-14. Correspondence, George Carroll Rice, 2015.