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Children’s play challenges pursuit of love

Finding the perfect woman can be a daunting task, but ORU’s rendition of the classic children’s play “Princess and the Pea” gives audiences an inside look at the heart of true relationships.

After months of preparing, the cast is ready to share their hard work with the Tulsa community.

The story follows a prince in pursuit of his perfect princess. Princesses come from far and wide to try to win the prince’s heart, including Princess Nettle, played by Lauren Marie Wood.

“The play teaches that you shouldn’t look for this perfect woman, but you should look for a woman that you love and has good character,” said Wood.

All of the costumes are created by ORU students, led by Jessie Cooper and director Dafne Basave.

“It has challenged me to create a work within our imagination and to see how far our imagination can go,” said Basave.

The characters in this play not only give off a fun and exciting vibe, but they also have meaning to the actors who portray them.

The prince, played by Timothy Conn, connected with his character’s method of finding love.

“The prince at one point says, ‘love makes any imperfection seem perfect, and that’s what makes the perfect princess.’ I feel the same way about my friends and family. Sometimes they do things that drive me crazy, but I love them so much that they’re still perfect to me,” said Conn.

Perhaps the best meaning behind the characters’ pursuit of love is how they relate to the greatest love story of all.

“Metaphorically, I think the prince shows who God is to us…He is searching for us to love Him as much as we want love as well,” said Bassave. “This story in itself inspires me, because I think that in real life we are all in pursuit of love, we are born with a desire of finding true love.”

Audience members can expect a fun, family-friendly night filled with laughter and entertainment.

Performances start on April 7-8 at 7 p.m. and continue on April 9-10 at 2 p.m. General Admission is $10. Stu- dents pay $5. Cash only.

Story by Rejoice Nwadiuko, Photo by Abby Friedman

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