The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) welcomes Spring with a special production of Sarah Crewe, a new musical with book and direction by John Carden, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel, A Little Princess. This production begins a short run on May 17 – 19, produced by Yolanda Wyns, HSA’s Music Director, with music and lyrics by award-winning musician, Andrew David Sotomayor.
The musical Sarah Crewe is set in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, New York, circa 1929. Sarah Crewe, a recently orphaned, 15-year old heiress has been enrolled by her family’s attorney, Mr. Barrow, at Miss Minchin’s School of Ballet. But things take a sudden turn, for the little rich girl, when the stock market crashes and her entire inheritance is suddenly lost. She now faces a bleak and uncertain future as she goes from riches to rags, and is left victim to the strict headmistress, Miss Minchin, who indentures her to a life of servitude. Without a penny to her name, Sarah, with the help of her friends Becky, Louis and Harry, plot to regain her freedom.