Filipinos loved the animated little princess named Sarah Crewe during the early '90s. It was such a big hit that in 1995 the animated series was adapted for the big screen, which starred young actress Camille Prats in her launching movie Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa.
After the movie version, the animated series was still being shown on television every now and then to delight children. Now, ABS-CBN will bring to life the little princess once again through their newest teleserye, Princess Sarah, which will start airing on Monday, November 12.
The plot revolves around a little girl named Sarah Crewe (Sharlene San Pedro) who lives in a boarding school for rich girls. But her father, Captain Christopher Crewe (Albert Martinez), has to leave Sarah to go on an expedition. An untoward incident happens, leading to rumors that the Captain has passed away, leaving Sarah a penniless orphan.
In order to survive, Sarah is forced to work as a maid for the owner of the boarding school, Ms. Maria Minchin (Sheryl Cruz). The young girl endures the maltreatment of her former classmates and the other people in the boarding school. But with her pure heart and compassion, Sarah emerges not only as the princess of diamonds, but as the princess of hearts.
PLOT CHANGES. During the media junket last Thursday, November 8, the directors of the show—Don Cuaresma and Nuel Naval—revealed that they made some minor changes in the original plot of the A Little Princess, the children’s novel where Princess Sarah was based.
One of their revisions was to change the occupation of Sarah’s father. In the animated version, Captain Crewe is a miner, but in this teleserye he is a captain of a ship with his friends Mr. Brandon Crisford (Diether Ocampo) and Mr. Philip Burrow (Carlos Agassi).
“Yun po kasing basic story ng animated series at ng movie hindi pwede i-stretch into nine weeks, e, kailangan mo siyang dagdagan,” explained Direk Don. “Yung movie kasi wala yung mga back-ender, wala yung mga day-ender, so we see to it na talagang may mga cliffhangers kami na talagang inaabangan. With that, talagang kailangan naming mag-set ng mga sub-plots.”
Although they added some scenes, the directors said that they still followed the original story of Sarah so that it would still appeal to children.
Direk Don explained, “Ang pinagbasehan po namin ay yung series, mas malapit pa po sa mga bata ngayon kasi ipinapalabas pa yung animated series sa TV. So as much as possible yun po ang [sinundan] namin.”
Nuel said that, moreover, the story is not only for kids; they are also aiming for an adult audience. “Nagdagdag kami ng mga subplot doon sa main story part ng Princess Sarah, from the movie and pati doon sa animation. Para maging para sa buong pamilya, nilagyan namin ng elements din for adults. So parang naging story ng mga bata, adventure, and then may konting romance din.”
Another very noticeable change in Princess Sarah is the gender of Ram Dass. This character was originally played by a man but in this teleserye, it will be played by the comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas (as Ramadas).
When asked if they are not afraid that people might not easily accept these changes, Direk Don answered, “Oh, well, between a cartoon and Ai-Ai delas Alas, you would really watch Ai-Ai delas Alas.”
The directors also said that they wouldn’t mind if people would criticize what they changed in the story. Don explained, “As long as entertaining ang pagkakagawa at magiging glued ang mga televiewers, we don’t mind na masabi na parang dinagdagan namin. At dinagdagan naman namin ito for the good of the soap opera.”
Princess Sarah presents the charming child star Sharlene San Pedro, who previously played one of the twins in Calla Lily. Its cast members also include Candy Pangilinan, Matt Evans, Melissa Ricks, Irish Fullerton, Bubbles Paraiso, Eunice Lagusad, Angel Sy, and Sophia Baars.
The little princess will capture the hearts of kids of all ages starting Monday, November 12, after TV Patrol World on ABC-CBN.
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