Sleeping Beauty coming to FMU Performing Arts Center this weekend
After a long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Carolina Dance Theatre will returns to the stage this weekend at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
Two magical performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” will bring the fairy tale kingdom to life on stage Saturday. Performances will be at noon and 3:30 p.m..
Beginning with a wicked curse and ending with a magic kiss, the story of Sleeping Beauty is set to beautiful music by Tchaikovsky and is the classic story of the triumph of good over evil. The ballet is a fantasy world with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and a handsome dream prince.
The familiar story is that of a baby princess condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday. She is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.
After the passage of a hundred years, the spell is broken and the princess is awakened from her deep sleep by a magic kiss. The castle comes to life and the ballet ends with the beautiful wedding of the princess to her handsome prince.
Rosemary Flamini will dance the role of Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty. Isabelle Dauksch is the Lilac Fairy, Alyssa McGee is the Beautiful Limbs Fairy, Alaina Naylor is the Vivacity Fairy, Ella Naylor is the Grace Fairy, Grace Munn is the Temperament Fairy, and Ella Warner is the Voice Fairy.
Carabosse will be danced by Bailey Barefoot and Ava Hatchell will perform as Sapphire at the wedding. Meggie Baker and Kyle Miller will grace the stage as the queen and king while Tony Brown, a former member of the company, will be the guest artist as the Prince.
Other dancers in the performance a Attendants to the Lilac Fairy are Lily Merzlak, Maria Evans, Natalie Brewton, Arden Rand, Isadora Seeber, Giada Basta, Emma Wentzel and Ella Grace Jordan. Appearing as minions are Vanessa Brewton, Olivia Kate Rand, Louisa McLeod, McKinley Riley, and Anna Claire Vincent.
Christening attendants are Casey McHugh, Hadden Blanton, Aylett Moore, Ashley Caroline Vincent, Anna Caroline Campbell, Meiruth Blanton, and Madeline Smith.
Reservations are available by calling the PAC box office at 661-4444 during box office hours of 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For those patrons who wish to obtain tickets online, you may visit the online box office at www.fmupac.org. Ticket prices are $32/$27/$22 in accordance with seat preference and all student tickets are $15.
PAC COVID safety rules include social distancing, masks to be worn at all times, and limited seating capacity.
The ballet is under the direction of Artistic Director Susan Rowe.