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The Sleeping Beauty
February 11, 12 14 & 16-19, 2011
Newly conceived and produced by Artistic Director Adam Sklute, The Sleeping Beauty arrives at the Capitol Theatre stage in time for Valentine’s Day. This timeless tale of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince, and the triumph of good over evil is set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring music with spectacular sets and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet. A must-see for you and your special someone.
Program & Notes:
Music by P.I. Tchaikovsky
Production Conceived and Produced after Marius Petipa by Adam Sklute
Staging and Choreography for The Prologue and Act 2 by Pamela Robinson-Harris
Staging and Choreography for Acts 1 & 3 by Mark Goldweber
Coach and Production Consultant: Anna-Marie Holmes
Scenery and Costumes by: Peter Cazalet
Lighting by Nicholas Cavallaro
Utah Chamber Orchestra conducted by Terence Kern
Assistant conductor: Jared Oaks
Act 2 boat design, sculpting, construction and automation by Jamison Moore, Robert Clifford, Bruce Fugit
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 20 minute intermission.
The King and Queen have invited all the Fairies of the land to the christening of their daughter, the Princess Aurora. Each fairy presents her gift to the newborn Princess, imbuing her with the qualities of Kindness, Joy, Beauty, and Temperament when suddenly the proceedings are interrupted by Carabosse, Fairy of Jealousy. She is in a rage because the court’s Major Domo, Catalabutte, has neglected to inviteher. Carabosse casts an evil spell on Aurora; one day, when she least suspects it, the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The entire court is in despair until the Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Wisdom, steps forward to bestow her gift. Although she cannot counteract her sister’s curse, she can mollify it. Instead of dying, Aurora will fall into a deep slumber from which she can only be awakened by the kiss of true love.
It is Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday and as young subjects of the kingdom arrive with garlands and tokens of appreciation, three old crones are busy spinning and knitting a gift. Two guards interrupt the festivities and arrest the old women. There is a years’ old ban on spinning on penalty of death and the guards are here to enforce it. The King and Queen arrive just as the guards are about to put the hags to death and because it’s a joyous occasion the King pardons the old women their transgressions.
Princes from the four corners of the earth come to win Aurora’s hand in marriage and the young princess revels in the adulation of the handsome bachelors. From out of the crowd one of the old crones approaches Aurora and presents her with a gift. Enraptured, Aurora dances with it joyously until she suddenly pricks her finger. The gift was indeed a spindle in disguise. Everyone is aghast as Aurora falls lifeless. The hag reveals herself as Carabosse and disappears in triumph. The Lilac Fairy appears and casts her spell of sleep over the princess and the court. She enshrouds the Palace in a forest until the promised awakening.
It is a hundred years later and Prince Desire is leading a hunting party through the woods. Bored, he entertains himself with flirtatious diversions. The prince dismisses his retinue and meditates on his longing for an ideal love. The Lilac Fairy appears and shows him a vision of Princess Aurora. Enthralled, he begs the Fairy to lead him to this beautiful vision and together, guided by her retinue of nymphs, they travel through changing landscapes until they reach the hidden castle. Carabosse and her minionshave been jealously guarding the castle and attempt to stop the prince, but her evil magic is overpowered by the wisdom of The Lilac Fairy. Desire awakens the Princess Aurora with a kiss, breaking the spell and causing the defeated Carabosse to vanish.
Fairy-tale characters have come to celebrate the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire. Aurora’s parents, the guests, and the entire court—joined by the fairies of Kindness, Joy, Beauty, and Temperament—pay their respects to the bride and bridegroom as the Lilac Fairy blesses the marriage with wisdom and truth.
|Feb. 11||Feb. 12 mat.||Feb. 12 eve.||Feb. 14||Feb. 16||Feb. 17||Feb. 18||Feb. 19 mat.||Feb. 19 eve.|
|Princess Aurora||Sara Webb*||Christiana Bennett||Sara Webb*||Christiana Bennett||Sara Webb*||Katherine Lawrence||Christiana Bennett||Katherine Lawrence||Sara Webb*|
|Prince Desire||Christopher Ruud||Rex Tilton||Christopher Ruud||Rex Tilton||Christopher Ruud||Michael Bearden||Rex Tilton||Michael Bearden||Christopher Ruud|
|The Lilac Fairy||Elizabeth McGrath||Haley Henderson Smith||Elizabeth McGrath||Elizabeth McGrath||Haley Henderson Smith||Elizabeth McGrath||Haley Henderson Smith||Elizabeth McGrath||Elizabeth McGrath|
|Carabosse||Christiana Bennett||Allison DeBona||Allison DeBona||Haley Henderson Smith||Christiana Bennett||Haley Henderson Smith||Allison DeBona||Haley Henderson Smith||Christiana Bennett|
|The King||Christopher Anderson||Adrian Fry||Christopher Anderson||Adrian Fry||Christopher Anderson||Jason Linsley||Adrian Fry||Jason Linsley||Christopher Anderson|
|The Queen||Annie Breneman||Annie Breneman||Annie Breneman||Jennifer Robinson||Annie Breneman||Jennifer Robinson||Annie Breneman||Jennifer Robinson||Annie Breneman|
|Catalabutte||Jason Linsley||Jason Linsley||Jason Linsley||Jason Linsley||Jason Linsley||Beau Pearson||Jason Linsley||Beau Pearson||Jason Linsley|
|Fairy of Kindness||Jacqueline Straughan||Elizabeth McGrath||Jacqueline Straughan||Allison DeBona||Jacqueline Straughan||Allison DeBona||Elizabeth McGrath||Allison DeBona||Jacqueline Straughan|
|Fairy of Joy||Arolyn Williams||Arolyn Williams||Arolyn Williams||Arolyn Williams||Arolyn Williams||Katie Critchlow||Arolyn Williams||Katie Critchlow||Arolyn Williams|
|Fairy of Beauty||Sayaka Ohtaki||Sayaka Ohtaki||Sayaka Ohtaki||Annie Breneman||Sayaka Ohtaki||Annie Breneman||Sayaka Ohtaki||Annie Breneman||Sayaka Ohtaki|
|Fairy of Temperament||Haley Henderson Smith||Emily Adams||Haley Henderson Smith||Whitney Huell||Emily Adams||Whitney Huell||Emily Adams||Whitney Huell||Haley Henderson Smith|
* Courtesy of Houston Ballet
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Sat., February 12, 2011 - 2:30 am
Sat., February 12, 2011 - 9:00 pm
Sun., February 13, 2011 - 2:30 am
Tue., February 15, 2011 - 2:30 am
Thu., February 17, 2011 - 2:30 am
Fri., February 18, 2011 - 2:30 am
Sat., February 19, 2011 - 2:30 am
Sat., February 19, 2011 - 9:00 pm
Sun., February 20, 2011 - 2:30 am