Dancing princesses keep royal shoemaker busy in summer musical.

12 Dancing Princesses

The Murray Arts Council will present its annual summer musical, The 12 Dancing Princesses, as part of the Murray City Arts in the Park program July 25-31 (excluding Sunday). Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the show was written in 1990 by Sandy residents Laura Bedore, Dorothy Keddington and Stephanie Clark, with music by Kathy Skidmore. It has been produced  numerous times throughout the valley since its Sandy debut.

King Gullible of Gavotte is being bankrupted by his 12 daughters, whose dancing shoes are ruined on a nightly basis. They sneak out of the castle to meet up with their suitors for a night of dancing — much to the delight of Howard, the Royal Shoemaker. The king bends over backward and enlists the help of his subjects to try to catch 12 sisters in the act of leaving the their palatial dwelling, but to no avail.

The family friendly show begins at 8 p.m. in the Murray Park Amphitheater. Gates open at 7. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (62 and over) and children 12 and under. They can be purchased at the Karaoke Shop at Day Murray Music, at the Murray Parks and Recreation Office in the park, and at the gate, Groups of 20 or more can make arrangements for a discount by calling 80-571-3223.

The Arts Council is thrilled to have one of the play’s authors, Laura Bedore, playing  a key role in the production. It is directed by Douglas N. Bishop, with choreography by Rowland Butler. Sue Thompson is the vocal music director and Gary Jensen conducts the orchestra. Children are encouraged to don prince and princess attire for the evening.

For our picture archive of 12 Dancing Princesses click here.