Friday, July 10, 2009

A Little Princess

The Waco Hippodrome is showing "A Little Princess" tonight at 7:30 p.m. as a part of their summer movie series. I'm volunteer "working" the event and will probably end up serving popcorn, but it's worth it to see free movies and shows.
Get a $2 off coupon for the show!

The story of "A Little Princess" has a special place in my heart. I grew up reading it and Frances Hodgson Burnett's other famous work "The Secret Garden." I think as a child I found it easy to relate to the main characters in Burnett's books. Young, clever and inquisitive girls who enjoyed reading and believed in good "Magic" that could make gardens flourish, heal young crippled boys and reunite fathers and daughters.

While I was trying to explain the story to my boyfriend last night, I grabbed my well worn paperback copy off the little shelf in my bedroom, (reserved for such classics) and was surprised to find it had been inscribed to me from my parents on the occasion of my eighth birthday. I guess that reinforces how long I have enjoyed reading this book! (Incidentally, I couldn't help myself and read three chapters in last night around midnight and will probably finish the book this weekend.)

I'm looking forward to the movie tonight, though I've seen it and the 1939 Shirley Temple version several times, and will probably tear up when Sara declares to Miss Minchin, "I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us."

Those are words of hope to young (and not so young) girls everywhere. I hope you'll join me at the movies tonight. Also check out the other fun movies that will be playing every Friday night this summer and the exciting Hitchcock Third Thursday series at the Hippodrome Web site.


Carl Hoover said...

As a dad, I tear up when - well, almost spoiled it for those who haven't seen "A Little Princess" or read it, but it's a plot twist towards the end.

It's a shame, too, the Broadway musical of "The Secret Garden" doesn't get much traction in an age where girls are steered instead by television coverage and national publicity to "Annie," "High School Musical" and "Wicked" (and, yes, I know Waco Civic Theatre had a production several years ago. Props for that.) Not that those are bad musicals, but "Garden" would broaden some horizons . . .

Sarah-Jane said...

Wow! I didn't know there was a musical of "The Secret Garden." I'll have to look that up. Thanks Carl!