The Little Prince
The classic fable takes on new life with inventive puppets and actors in a creative retelling of this heart-warming story. The parable tells the tale of an air pilot who meets a Little Prince when he has to make a forced landing in the Sahara Desert. The clever adaptation uses creative design and music to further enhance the story, which emphasizes the importance of looking beneath the surface to find true beauty in even the most common things.
Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $25, $15 children. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or www.madisontheatreny.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Celebrating the ‘Old Country’
Step back in time to Old Ireland at Old Bethpage Village’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The village salutes Ireland with plenty of entertainment, traditional food and beverages and Irish merchandise to entice visitors. Featured entertainment includes the rock bands The Legendary Murphys and the Sporting Paddies, along with bagpipers and a performance by the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance. The festivities begin at the Reception Center and then visitors can make their way to the village’s Crossroads on foot or by hopping on a horse drawn wagon.
Saturday, March 9, 12-5 p.m. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. (516) 572-0200 or www.oldbethpage.org.
Feel the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at Hofstra University’s 15th annual salute to all things Irish. You don’t have to be from the Old Country to join the hooley and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style! Enjoy music and dance performances throughout the day, sample Irish cuisine and browse among the various crafters who exhibit their wares. This year’s festival features The Tommy Mulvihill Band, performing classic Irish music; the Black Velvet Band, also playing classic tunes, along with the always-enjoyable Hirten Family Irish Dancers, a festival staple, and Katie’s Puppets.
Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, $5 seniors. Hofstra University, Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus, Hempstead. (516) 463-6582 or www.hofstra.edu/festivals.