‘Paper Bag Princess’ Premieres at Theater Bug’s New Home

Theater Bug's Paper Bag PrincessIt’s a new show in a new space: The Theater Bug will premiere The Paper Bag Princess on June 29. It’s a musical based on the acclaimed children’s book of the same name by Robert Munsch.

Theater Bug founder Cori Anne Laemmel has written the musical’s book and co-written the music with Eric Fritsch. The show will be staged at the troupe’s new home at 2038A Greenwood Ave. in East Nashville next to The Family Wash restaurant.

The plot of Munsch’s book has fun with role reversal: Princess Elizabeth plans to marry the practically perfect Prince Ronald. A dragon upsets those plans when he destroys Elizabeth’s kingdom, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes so that she has to don a paper bag. What happens after that puts quite a new twist on what is essentially the variation of a very old tale.

Paper Bag Princess PosterPerformances are June 29 through July 8. Showtimes are 7 p.m. for June 29 and July 6; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for June 30 and July 7; and 2 p.m. for July 1 and July 8.

Tickets ($10 adults, $5 children) are available at the door or by visiting www.ticketsnashville.com.

For more information on Robert Munsch go to www.robertmunsch.com; for more about The Theater Bug call (615) 423-4626 or visit www.thetheaterbug.org.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).