The Bulletin Online, May 2001


The Sleeping Beauty Awakens at The Montgomery College Theater

Bulletin Staff Report

A mythical kingdom, fairy godmothers, a beautiful princess and an evil curse all set the stage for one of the most beloved and romantic fairy tales, The Sleeping Beauty, performed by Festival Ballet, opening Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m., with additional performances June 2 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. in The Montgomery College Theater.

Adapted from the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, La Belle au bois dormant, Festival Ballet's production will include the whimsical characters everyone has come to love including Princess Aurora, Prince Desire, the Lilac Fairy, Puss-in-Boots, an Enchanted Princess and Bluebird. This full length, three-act ballet depicts the joyful christening of Princess Aurora and the evil curse that is cast upon her, only to be broken by an enchanted kiss.

"This is one of the most famous of the ballets," states Festival Ballet Artistic Director Deborah Rayburn, "and the music is known around the world. The dancing is known the world over as well. The Rose Adagio in the first act is probably one of the most difficult adagios in existence, and the Bluebird Pas de Deux and the Grand Pas de Deux are incredible. This ballet offers some of the greatest challenges in our classical repertoire for both the principals and soloists with plenty of dancing for the corps de ballet."

Festival Ballet's production will feature professional guest artists. In addition to Guest Artists and Festival Ballet Company members, this production includes students from the Woodlands Dance Academy.

Princess Day at the Ballet - Saturday June 2, 200 p.m. The Saturday June 2nd "Young Audience Series" performance is a special "Princess Day at the Ballet". Have your "Little Princess" come dressed in her favorite robes and receive a complimentary gift.

Ticket Information

Affordable ticket prices and excellent seats assure a memorable experience for the entire family. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Woodlands Dance Academy, 27326 Robinson Road, or Charged by phone at 979-292-0117.

Woodlands Festival Ballet is a 501 c-3 not for profit arts organization and depends on corporate, philanthropic, as well as public support.

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