Sleeping Beauty

Hartwick Theatre Arts Presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Musical

November 11, 2011

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts program will continue its Theatre for Young Audiences performance series with the Seattle Children's Theatre's musical adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty" on November 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Slade Theatre, Yager Hall on the Hartwick College campus. Tickets are $8 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors.  Reservations are strongly suggested, and may be made by calling 607-431-4227.

"Sleeping Beauty" is by British playwright Charles Way with music lyrics by Chad Henry, and orchestration by David Duvall.  It maintains the classic fairy tale, but tells it with a modern touch of humor and style. Briar Rose is independent and headstrong, and her best friend Prince Owain has the standard princely features - minus bravery, talent and competence.

Two magical sisters, Branwen and Modron, vie for the life of an innocent child found in the woods. As a kindness, Branwen gives the baby to the King and Queen. However, Modron vows that if she can't have the child then Briar Rose will prick her finger on a spinning wheel's spindle and die. Unable to prevent the curse, Brawn's changes death to a hundred-year sleep and sends the hapless Prince Owain on a quest to conquer the Spider King and enchanted fairies to save his beloved Briar Rose. But will he discover the courage to vanquish Modron herself before time runs out?

The Hartwick College production of "Sleeping Beauty" is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Malissa A. Kano-White with musical direction by Theatre Arts Musical Director Carrie E. Hall. The musical features Kayleigh Zapf '15, Emma Jorgensen '15, Emily Fruman '15, Paul Patinka '15, Jane Kallmerten '15, Isaac Ofori '13, Mike Easton '12, Tim Bell '14, Lita Benson '12, Samantha MacColl Garfinkel '15, and Kevin Horan '15. Scenic Design is by Professor of Theatre Arts Ken Golden, Lighting Design by Lecturer in Theatre Arts Gary Burlew and Costume Design by Theatre Arts Costumer Joey Haws.

 "Charles Way doesn't deconstruct the well-known fairy tale...he gives it a few gentle twists and plumbs it for more depth." -St. Paul Pioneer Press

"This is no Disney-fied romp. It's the real deal. The witch is evil. The princess is angry...This show is the real McCoy - and really good." -People Newspapers, Texas

For additional information, contact Emmy Brakye at 607-431-4923 or

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