The Paper Bag Princess a Musical

music, book & lyrics by JOE SLABE

based on the book by ROBERT MUNSCH

directed by VAL PEARSON


As you may well know, Elizabeth and Ronald were the perfect couple. Elizabeth, a beautiful Princess and Ronald, a handsome Prince. End of story. Well that is until the Dragon soars in to heat things up. The Dragon wreaks havoc on their kingdom, leaving Elizabeth a smouldering mess, and Prince-less, as the Dragon took Ronald as a snack for later. Some might crumble and accept defeat, but not Elizabeth. She dusts off her charbroiled tiara and heads off on an epic journey to defeat the Dragon, and rescue her beloved Ronald. With help from friends along the way, clever wit, and a dose of quick thinking, this brave heroine saves the day, and Ronald. Although, with his attitude, she might just end up leaving him in the dungeon where he belongs!

Back by popular demand, based on "One of the Best Children's Books Ever Written" (New York Times), by Robert Munsch, StoryBook Theatre is thrilled to be able introduce this adventure to whole new audience! First published in 1980, written by famed Canadian author Robert Munsch, it is still one of the most popular children’s stories with over four million copies printed. At a time when gender stigma and stereotypes have become the forefront of conversations around the world, we are so excited to bring this story to life again. A young princess who utilizes resilience, resourcefulness, independence and compassion, this classic tale has become more than just a fun bedtime story. It is a poignant reminder of the ideals we want reflected in our society and championed by everyone!


April 9 to 25 2021

Tuesdays to Saturdays 7pm

Saturdays & Sundays 11am & 2pm



Beddington Theatre Arts Centre


one act musical, approx. 1 hour


$23 child, $28 adult


ages 3+




Flashing light effects, black light use, skeletons, magical illusions, contemporary songs, fire effects, projections, a dragon



Search for self-identity, gender roles,

social status, loss, courage, change, growth, resilience, resourcefulness, independence, imagination, leadership, team work, friendship

THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS clips from SBT's 2016 run

Elizabeth and her two handmaidens go on quite the brave adventure, to rescue Ronald from the fire-breathing Dragon!


During these uncertain times, StoryBook Theatre is in continuous communication with the companies who license the shows we intend to present. StoryBook had previously secured licensing to present all our shows live. We are now working with these companies to include the potential for an online streaming option, for each of our shows, should the pandemic dictate this course of presentation. Those conditions for licensing are under review, and in some cases, we are still awaiting confirmation. It is our desire to have both the streaming and online licensing secured for whatever shows we present this season, in order to be able to guarantee the shows we plan to offer. Should streaming licensing not be available for any particular show, we will be forced to replace that show with one allowing for both streaming and live presentations. All affected patrons will be informed on any changes relating to their bookings, as early as possible, in the given circumstances.


If you buy tickets to our show, you will see the show! It is our hope that all of StoryBook Theatre's 2020/21 Shows will be presented live at our home theatre, Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, under the most-current group gathering recommendations. As the provincial and municipal guidelines for public gatherings, and socialization shift and adjust, we are ready and prepared to do the same, moving closer and closer to bringing our community back together again and do what we do best.

Should group gatherings not be permitted during the dates of the show,  the show may be changed to an online streaming presentation. All ticket-holders will be notified of details of how we will be presenting the show 30 days prior to opening night by email. 


For more information regarding COVID-19 and how StoryBook plans to present theatre this season, please click here.

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375 Bermuda Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta  T3K 2J5

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