« The Little Prince » is well known as a favorite of children worldwide. But Cape Fear Regional Theatre Artistic Director Tom Quaintance said its appeal is not limited to the young set.

The theater is presenting a stage version of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book as the opening play of its 2013-14 season. Productions of the musical continue through Oct. 6.

« While I hope parents and grandparents bring their kids to this show, I also hope people just come, » Quaintance said. « It is not just for kids at all. »

« I have a deep, deep fondness for this story, » Quaintance said. « It’s a great story and a great play. »

Seven actors play 20 different characters in the play.


The staff :

Emily S. Grosland stars as the Little Prince.Steve Minow performs as the Aviator. Andrew Wheeler plays the fox and geographer in the play. Jae Powell plays the Rose.

Quaintance said the play should be a visual feast, with evocative sets and costumes. A lift is being constructed for the show. But the sets and costumes are in service of a story with more to offer than may first appear.

« The lessons in this story, » Quaintance said, « they’re both very simple and very deep. »

Where: Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay St.

When: Through Oct. 6 with performances Wednesday through Sunday. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A 2 p.m. « family day » performance is Oct. 5, where guests can meet characters from the show after the play.

Tickets: $12 for tonight’s preview and Thursday’s « community night » show. Family day tickets are $10 and $12. Other shows are $20 and $25.

Information: 323-4233 or cfrt.org