Mary Paola, left, is Wendy, and Hannah Kulus is Princess Lisa in the Acadia Repertory Theatre’s children’s play “The Princess and the Pauper.” PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA REPERTORY THEATRE

Willis adapts Twain for the Rep

MOUNT DESERT — “The Princess and the Pauper,” the Acadia Repertory Theatre’s children’s production for the season, will be performed at the Somesville theater every Wednesday and Saturday through Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

In this modern adaptation of the Mark Twain novel by Cheryl Willis, the Princess is a famous pop star and the Pauper is her biggest fan, although she isn’t really a pauper, but a lobsterman’s kid from Tremont with big dreams.

Audiences have come to expect an anarchic, fractured-fairytale style of show from the children’s program, and this one won’t disappoint, with madcap energy, music and a celebration of Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday in the mix. As Willis has said, “The last thing you want at a children’s show is a restless adult!”

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