“Fairytales are not insubstantial things,” said Mark Booher, artistic director of PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria. “The stories that we learn in our youth become the lens through which we view the world.”
That’s especially true of the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, the legendary Danish author of “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Princess and the Pea.” A contemporary of Charles Dickens and the Brothers Grimm, Andersen wrote more than 150 fairytales that Booher said have become part of our collective consciousness.
Andersen’s life and work are the focus of “My Fairytale,” which celebrates its American premiere later this month at Solvang Festival Theater. The PCPA Theaterfest production features music and lyrics by celebrated Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, whose credits include “Godspell,” “Pippin” and “Wicked.”
“Stephen Schwartz is … a living legend,” cast member Lesley McKinnell said.