42nd Street's Kid-Friendly New Victory Books Little Prince, Sports (abridged) and Cirque Shanghai

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The New Victory Theater's fall 2011 season of shows aimed at young people — in the heart of the Times Square theatre district — will launch Oct. 1 with the New York City premiere of a new adaptation of The Little Prince, based on the classic French book.

Michael Schupbach and Leila Ghaznavi in The Little Prince.
Michael Schupbach and Leila Ghaznavi in The Little Prince. Photo by Alexsey Photography

Written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, the adaptation of the fable by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is populated by people and puppets. It will run Oct. 1-16. The production is from Bristol Riverside Theatre in Pennsylvania. Susan Atkinson directs.

New Victory, located on West 42nd Street between Times Square and Eighth Avenue, announced its season on April 18. The programming draws from a pool of international artists and troupes.

Here's the rest of New Victory Theater's fall 2011 season at a glance:

U.S. Premiere
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Musselburgh, Scotland
Oct. 13-Nov. 13
Studio 3A/B in the New 42nd Street Studios Theater

"A whimsical work of contemporary theatre, White was created by Andy Manley (My House), designed by Shona Reppe (Potato Needs a Bath, Cinderella) and produced by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company (Hansel and Gretel, Lifeboat, Martha). White is Catherine Wheels Theatre Company's first show for under fives. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and won the Fringe First, Herald Angel and Total Theatre awards." Recommended for ages 2 to 5.

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)
N.Y. Premiere
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Sonoma, CA
Oct. 21-Nov. 6
The New Victory Theater

"The lunacy of sports collides with ludicrous wit in The Complete World of Sports (abridged). Featuring Reed Martin, Matt Rippy and Austin Tichenor, who presented The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at The New Victory in 2010, Sports (abridged) explores every sport ever known to man — from "Neanderthal in the Middle" to Quidditch." Recommended for ages 10 to adult. Untapped!
New York Premiere
Raw Metal Dance Company
Queensland, Australia
Nov. 11-27
The New Victory Theater

"Untapped! is a raucous, adrenaline-fueled mash-up of funk, tap, acrobatics and hip-hop featuring an all-boy crew of more than ten daredevil performers and musicians. Conceptualized by Raw Metal Dance Company's creative director, Andrew Fee, Untapped! has performed at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Singapore Festival and Holland Dance Festival." Recommended for ages 6 to adult.

Bai Xi
New York Premiere
Cirque Shanghai
Shanghai, China
Dec. 2-Jan. 1, 2012
The New Victory Theater

"From climbing a three-story tower of chairs to balancing en pointe on a man's head, this supremely gifted cadre of contortionists, aerialists and gymnasts will perform an astounding array of contemporary and traditional circus feats. With choreography by Brenda Didier, Bai Xi thrills audiences worldwide with their strength, beauty and uncanny ability to make the impossible look effortless." Recommended for ages 4 to adult.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit NewVictory.org.

A scene from <i>Untapped!</i>
A scene from Untapped! Photo by Andrew Fee
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