Festival Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty
Celebrate spring with a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. Festival Ballet Theatre’s heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil.
Enjoyable for the entire family, this timeless love story will feature guest artists Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, and FBT’s professional company dancers.
The Sleeping Beauty is the story of the a long-wished for beautiful princess who, at her christening, is bestowed with enchanting gifts by the magical beings of her father’s kingdom – the Fairies of Serenity; Benevolence; Generosity; Happiness; Temperament and, the embodiment of all that is good and kind, the Lilac Fairy. Furious at being overlooked, the Evil Fairy Carabosse places a curse on Princess Aurora as her “gift,” proclaiming that upon reaching her 16th birthday the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy, although unable to completely reverse the spell, vows that it will be only partly true. The Princess will prick her finger, but she will not die. Instead, she and the Court will fall into a deep, 100-year long sleep until a handsome Prince awakens her with a kiss. On her 16th birthday, the curse is fulfilled: the Princess pricks her finger, and falls into a long sleep. Upon the passing of 100 years, Prince Florimund finds our sleeping heroine, breaking the 100 years of sleep when he kisses the Princess and declares his love for her. The King and Queen are overjoyed and call for a magnificent royal wedding. And, yes, everyone lives happily ever after.
Set to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky , The Sleeping Beauty was first performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet in January 1890.
When: Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 25 at 2pm
Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre
How much: $40 adults, $36 seniors, $30 children