The Young King

May 9 - May 12, 2019 | PNC Arts Annex


May 9 - May 12, 2019

Run Time

60 minutes (no intermission)


Thursday 7 p.m.
Friday 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

The Saturday, 4 p.m. performance will be sign interpreted. Audio description is available upon request. Sign interpretation and audio description  are also available for the Sunday, 4 p.m. performance upon request. Please let the ticket agent know at least two weeks before the performance if you would like either of these services when you order your tickets at Ticket Center Stage. If you are interested in either of these services for another performance, please contact Ticket Center Stage. Please understand that while we will make every effort to make reasonable accommodations, certain requests may not be able to be honored.

Ticket Info

Tickets $16

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Journey in wonder to a land of challenging choices & rich rewards.

From the moment you arrive at the Arts Annex, you become a part of the story.

Once there was a princess who dearly loved a poor woodland man. For this, she was banished by her father, the King. The couple had a baby. But he was stolen away in the night. The Princess and her woodlander died, brokenhearted. The baby boy was raised by a goatherd in a deep forest.

Years passed and the King neared the end of his life. He called for his grandson to be brought to the palace. “You are not a young goatherd,” he said, “you are the Young King.”

And the Young King gladly threw aside his rough goatherd’s cloak and staff. He embraced the glittering riches of the palace. For his coronation, the Young King demanded the most rare and costly silks and jewels for his robe, scepter and crown. On the eve of his coronation, in his velvet-canopied bed, the Young King was visited by three dreams. In the first, pale, crooked children bent over looms of golden thread to weave the King’s robe. In the second, a slave drew his last breath diving for pearls for the King’s scepter. And in the third, a deep mining pit of disease and famine brought forth rubies for the King’s crown. The Young King awoke in deep distress.

He shunned the robe, scepter and crown and reached instead for his humble goatherd’s cloak and staff. He made a circlet of briar thorns for his head. His courtiers beseeched him: “how shall the people know you are King?” The townsfolk laughed, then grew angry: “Don’t you know, from your luxury comes our living?”

In turmoil, the Young King walked away from the palace to the edge of the city. He walked to where the forest began. And as the woodland welcomed him, he felt his heart and his step lighten. He turned to face the people one last time. And the sunlight beamed down and wove about him a robe brighter than gold, and his staff blossomed with lilies whiter than pearls, and his circlet of briar bloomed with roses redder than rubies. And he, and all the world around, knew he was King.

What kind of king or queen would you be? The Young King’s courtiers will teach you how to greet the king before whisking you up to be part of the coronation.  Journey with the Young King to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards. In this production, the beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate, immersive and magical world of Slingsby Theatre Company from Australia.

“Absolutely amazing piece of family entertainment that will delight all and bring back magic and wonder through a truly excellent theatrical experience.” – Adelaide Theatre Guide

This Morris Furniture Co. Family Series show will be performed in the PNC Arts Annex where seating is limited, but the experience is not!

The PNC Arts Annex is VTA’s newest endeavor. Located at the corner of Second and Ludlow across from the Schuster Center, this new theatre and education space gives our community opportunities for innovative and unexpected programming like never before.

Reserve your tickets quickly so you can be some of the first to experience big ideas in small spaces.


Title Series

Morris Furniture Co., Inc.


Dayton Parent Magazine

Official Candy Of The Family Series

Esther Price Candies Corporation

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PNC Arts Annex
46 West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

937-228-7591 or
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Age Recommendation

Recommended for ages 8 and up.