Princess and the Pauper

Behind the Theater Curtain Club

June 28 & June 29, 2024


Friday, June 28 at 3pm
Saturday June 29 at 7pm
Free; reservations recommended

Written, directed, and produced by the talented young creatives of Behind the Curtain Theater Club and performed by a cast of over 20 local actors of all ages, Princess and the Pauper is a family-friendly, fantastical retelling of the classic tale, The Prince and the Pauper. 

Behind the Curtain Theatre Club was created to be a place for previously unheard youth to tell their own stories. They began as a kind of “spin-off” of the Diata-Diata International Folkloric Theatre. When Pamela Badila retired from over 20 years of writing, producing, and directing her own stories she “passed the torch” to two local young women (ages 15 & 13) who were looking to tell stories of their own and Behind the Curtain Theatre Club was born. A place to tell their own stories, and a place where teens could write stories that matter to them. Stories containing life lessons, morals, and principles that are relatable to them, and told in a way their peers can grasp. The club’s mission is to create an environment where everyone involved is encouraged to come “Behind the Curtain” — to be a part of the entire process. The club is led by Hudson’s youth, with all adult staff and volunteers being “silent partners”. They invent the story, write the scripts, direct the cast, and design the scenery and costumes.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Spark of Hudson, The Dyson Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation

Hudson Hall’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.