Most adults and young children know the story of Sleeping Beauty, the fairytale about a beautiful princess who falls into an enchanted sleep and is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. Cedar City Junior Ballet presents this charming story as a full-length ballet on March 10 and 11, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Center Theatre, 105 North 100 East, Cedar City. Tickets are $10 and available at the Heritage Center box office or from any cast member.
The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky, was first performed in 1890 and has, since then, become one of the most famous classical ballets. “This is the largest, most complicated ballet we do,” says Lise Mills, CCJB’s artistic director. It includes over 60 cast members of all ages and abilities from the Cedar City community who have been rehearsing since last fall.
“This is a beautiful ballet and one of my favorites to perform,” says Alexandria Staheli, who performed the role of Princess Aurora in CCJB’s 2013 production and will recreate the role again in this production. Caye Clark will perform Prince Florimund while Lynnette Probst will dance the role of the good Lilac Fairy and Kaitlyn Katter brings the evil fairy Carabosse to life.
The story of the ballet is familiar to most. It begins with the King and Queen celebrating the birth of their first child, Princess Aurora. The evil fairy Carabosse (not Maleficent, in this case) arrives and, in her anger at not being invited, curses the baby that at age sixteen she will prick her finger and die. However, the Lilac Fairy intervenes and changes the curse from death to a peaceful 100-year sleep for the princess.
The remainder of the story is also familiar, though the ballet version does have a few differences. This is a wonderful show for families with children over the age of four, or children who can sit and enjoy the show. Don’t miss your chance to see this enchanting production!
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