“The Princess Who Lost Her Hair” performed in Lexington

Originally posted: February 28, 2011

Review by Patrice K. Muhammad

Here is another great opportunity to expose our children to the arts. The Lexington Children’s Theatre is debuting a newly written play, “The Princess Who Lost Her Hair”, written by Jeremy Kisling.

Based on Akamba legend, there was a selfish princess named Kalinda that would not give even one strand of her hair to a bird that was building his nest. The princesses’ cruelty causes her to lose all of her hair and brings hard times and famine to her village. The village is saved by the kindness of a beggar named Muoma who sets out to find the bird and is found being generous along his journey. Princess Kalinda must also be transformed and when she learned to care for something other than herself, all returns to normal.

The performance gives a strong lesson in kindness and compassion. Children delight in the beautiful ending of this great show.

The acting in the play is delightful. Stephanie Radford makes a beautiful and bright-eyed princess that captivated the school age audience during the performance.  Joshua Gilyard captured the energy and wonderment of the wise beggar boy Muoma and Brianna Case was only a little distracting with her awkward movements as the ever-moving servant Mutu. Joshua Gilyard’s bird like movements and use of costumes to play several characters was a joy to watch and the use of simple props to move the story from location to location was more than believable.

The play is an adaptation of the book with the same name that was authored by Tanzanian children’s author Tololwa Mollel. Kisling said that Mollel was glad to have the book made into a play and allowed him to send the script to him for review.

I am sure that the author would be pleased with this debut performance. Going to see this play would be a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.

Lexington Children’s Theatre is located at 418 W. Short Street. “The Princess Who Lost Her Hair” will be performed Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. – Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for children. Purchase tickets in advance online at

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