Ballet West's "The Sleeping Beauty" Returns Just In Time for Valentine's Day

Ballet West presents The Sleeping Beauty, February 7-9 and 12-16, 2014 at the newly renovated Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, The Sleeping Beauty is a spectacular example of grand classical tradition.

The story of The Sleeping Beauty is taken from the famous Perrault fairy tale and begins with the christening of the Princess Aurora. All the Fairies have been invited to attend the ceremony except for one ill-natured Fairy, Carabosse. In her anger, Carabosse presents the child with a spindle and foretells that one day Aurora will prick her finger and die. The Lilac Fairy, as her gift to the baby princess, changes Carabosse's curse. Now, when the princess turns 16 and pricks her finger, instead of dying she falls into deep sleep, along with the entire royal court. One hundred years later, Prince Desire is led to the sleeping princess's castle by the Lilac Fairy. He breaks the spell of the wicked Carabosse by placing a kiss upon the lips of the Princess Aurora.

Newly conceived and produced by Artistic director Adam Sklute in 2011, The Sleeping Beauty includes a host of exciting elements designed to bring out the magic of the production. The “Fairy of Kindness,” “Fairy of Joy,” “Fairy of Beauty, and “Fairy of Temperament” make a come-back, as does the “Fairy of Wisdom” and the evil Carabosse, known as “Fairy of Jealousy.”

The production also features Aurora’s suitors – The Prince of the North, The Prince of the South, The Prince of the West, and The Prince of the East, each dressed in clothing to signify their origin. The Prince of the East will be dressed as a Punjab Prince, the Prince of the North like a Viking, the Prince of the South as if he is from Africa, and the Prince of the West as if he is from England.

Act II features the transport of Prince Desire to the sleeping princess by the Lilac Fairy in a beautiful leaf-shaped boat, traveling across the land, through the woods, in a sea of fog to where Princess Aurora awaits. In Act III (The Wedding), a number of guests join traditional favorites like Puss and Boots for the celebration, including Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf.

The Sleeping Beauty will be accompanied by the Utah Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jared Oaks and Tara Simoncic. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., February 7, 8 and 12-15, with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on February 8, 9, 15 and 16.

In conjunction with the performances of The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet West offers Warm Ups. These fun and informative discussions are free of charge to ticket holders and will begin promptly one hour prior to each presentation of The Sleeping Beauty. Get the inside scoop on the evening’s program including background on the ballet, information on the choreographer and other interesting behind-the-scenes facts. At Warm Ups, members of the Ballet West artistic staff are available to answer any questions that the audience might have.

Single tickets range from $30 to $80 and are available through ArtTix at www.arttix.org or by calling (801) 355-ARTS. Discounts are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling Ballet West at (801) 323-6900.