By Kyle Poluyko

This holiday season Magnus Theatre offers a special reading presentation of The Little Prince. A timeless story and the most famous work of French aristocrat author Antoine de Saint-Expéury, the novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. It has been translated into over 230 languages and has sold more that 200 million copies worldwide. While not the typical narrative fare of this festive season, director and reader Mario Crudo enthusiastically assures that “…the story offers a lot for the holidays.”

The Little Prince is a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love and loss, in the form of a young prince fallen to Earth. Crudo says the story articulates much about relationships and is very apropos for this time of year. Perhaps more importantly, Crudo hopes the story will touch the child within the adult and encourage those who bring their children to the presentation to recall and hang on to the often lost sentiment of what it is like to be a child.

The Little Prince will be staged as what Crudo describes as a visual narration. Crudo himself will read the novella amid a sparse, decorative set as the simple yet elegant watercolor illustrations bySaint-Exupéry, which are integral to the story, are projected for theaudience. The Little Prince, a special Magnus Theatre holiday event, runs December 18 through December 22. For ticket and performance information, call the box office at 345-5552.