After a weekend of previews to get the play in shape, “The Princess and The Goblin” officially opens at The Playhouse Children’s Theater Friday, June 4, to run for two weekends. A cast of 13 young actors and actresses performs this full-length fairytale drama.

More than a century old, this story of mystery and magic and good versus 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,” observed Mary Weaver, who is producing, directing and stage-managing 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 over 6 years of age, “The Princess and The Goblin” will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings June 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and in Sunday matinees on June 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St., Belfast.

Tickets are $5 at the door, which opens 15 minutes before each performance. Seating is limited, so call for reservations: 338-5777.

“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, and The Playhouse stage adaptation was put together by Fritz Lyon.