“The Princess and The Goblin” will open its three-weekend run at The Playhouse Saturday, May 28. A cast of 13 young actors and actresses perform this full-length fairytale drama.

“The Princess and The Goblin” is a classic children’s story by George MacDonald, who long ago encouraged his friend Lewis Carroll to publish “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The play was written by Stuart Patterson. The Playhouse stage adaptation was put together by Fritz Lyon.

More than a century old, the story of mystery and magic and good vs. evil begins with Princess Irene (Cori Shooter) discovering a secret stairway to the top turret of the castle, where she has a wonderful revelation. Meanwhile, the miner’s son Curdie Petersen (Leander Andrews) overhears a fiendish plot by the goblins who live below a mountain. But wit, wisdom and courage are needed to foil the goblins’ schemes, along with the help of Princess Irene’s magic ring.

Curdie’s mother (Kathryn Snyder) and father (Perrin Bonner-Ganter) support him, while Nurse Lootie (Madison Hemingway) tries to soothe Princess Irene, as does her father King Papa (Sage Kelly) and great-great-grandmother (Katia Dermott), as well as the Captain of the Guard (Cameron Anderson).  But they are opposed by the royal goblin Crown Prince Krankl (Max Howard) and his parents, King Cob (Nick Johnson) and Queen Mam (Emma Bowe), plus Sly the goblin spy (Hayden Wick). Last but not least, there is the young dragon Fannon (Malcolm Dunson-Todd) wandering about.

“This complex production assembled in such a short time has been a wonderful exercise for all of these young performers,” said Mary Weaver, who is producing and directing the play. “It’s always fascinating to see these youngsters, both veterans and newcomers, finding their wings onstage in a children’s play that is so much fun to watch.”

Suitable for everyone older than 6, “The Princess and The Goblin” will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 13 at The Playhouse, 107 Church St. Tickets are $5 at the door, which opens 15 minutes before each performance. Seating is limited, so calling 338-5777 for reservations is recommended.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.