Fourth grader makes her New York City theater debut

Chloe Smith, Wilton fourth grader and member of the Cider Mill Singers school choir, is no stranger to the limelight.

She played the Cat in the Hat in the New Canaan Studio of Performing Arts’ production of Seussical, and she also played Baby Bear in Shrek at the Random Farms Children’s Theatre in Elmsford, N.Y.

Chloe was recently cast as Prudy Pingleton in the upcoming summer 2014 Mainstage production of Hairspray Jr. She also performs with New Canaan’s Magical Music for Life Foundation’s Mini Singers, as well as with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Westport’s youth choir.

On June 4, Chloe will make her New York City debut in an off-Broadway production of A Little Princess at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St.

Chloe said she was overjoyed when she found out she had been cast for the production.

“Even though I was super nervous on opening night of the first run, I’m so excited about being part of A Little Princess,” she said.

The extended off-Broadway production of A Little Princess is a new musical from London, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel of the same name.

A Little Princess is about a courageous and loving girl named Sara Crewe, who loses everything she loves. Sara uses her imagination and perseverance to survive, while spreading the message that if you are kind, brave and true, anyone can be a princess.

Chloe will play Jane, one of the students at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, where Sara’s father sends her to get a formal education.

Chloe said she has been reviewing the script a lot and constantly listens to the CD of the original musical to get ready for the show.

On average, Chloe said, she attends rehearsal three times a week with 13-year-old New Canaan resident Sadie Seelert, who is also in the show.

“Me and Sadie ... ride to rehearsals and our performances in New York City,” said Chloe. “We review our lines together and sing all of our songs.”

Chloe said she looks forward to performing in the Signature Center theater.

“My mom and dad showed me the website for the theater and it looks neat — much bigger and better,” she said.

The Pershing Square Signature Center production of A Little Princess runs June 4-15, and tickets range from $35 to $55 each.

Tickets may be purchased at ticketcentral.com, by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y., between noon and 8 daily.

For more information: alittleprincessnyc.com.