By GSN Contributor

East Valley Children’s Theatre presents the “Beauty and the Computer Geek” February 15-25 at Mesa Arts Center.

The original work is by Susan C. Hunter and Tom Shelton, winners of EVCT’s 2017 Aspiring Playwrights contest.

The work is based on the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty,” but with a Prince Charming from the 21st century who is more computer nerd than dashing hero.

Rooben, an oddball scientist, accidentally activates his latest invention — a time machine. Charles, a socially awkward teenager, his younger sister Jinx, and Clyde, the family dog, are swept along with him to the kingdom of Dormir, a magical land of fairies and talking animals.

An evil sorceress has placed a curse on Princess Crystalline to be fulfilled on her sixteenth birthday. The time travelers arrive on the very day the curse will come to pass, and it’s up to Charles to save the princess and break the spell. Instead, his bungling ways backfire, putting the safety of the entire modern world at risk.

Directed by Karen Rolston, the 36-member cast consists of youth ages 8-18 from across the Valley.

“Beauty and the Computer Geek” runs February 15-25; at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Center St. Tickets are 15 for adults, $11 for children age 17 and under. Details: 480-644-6500 or

The playwrights reside in Whittier, California, and will lead a workshop for young, aspiring playwrights as part of EVCT’s first annual Student Playwriting Festival during the week of Feb. 19. An evening featuring staged readings of student plays, awards and reception will take place 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at the door for $10.