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Once upon a time: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ wakes up audience with performance

by Kristin Whitman

“Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, a beautiful princess was born.”

Awaken to the lights and dancing of “Sleeping Beauty.” Valdosta School of Ballet put on a Sleeping Beauty the Ballet last Friday and Saturday in the Mathis Municipal Auditorium with a cast of all ages.

Back by popular demand this year, “Sleeping Beauty” was performed and all proceeds from the show went to VSU’s Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund.

The tale of “Sleeping Beauty” was told in three acts in which the actors told the story through dance. In addition, the production featured elegant ballerinas, a fairy everyone loves to hate and a valiant prince.

The theater was packed full of people of all ages to watch the talent on stage. The cast consisted not just of “Sleeping Beauty” characters, but other princesses such as Cinderella, Jasmine, Elsa and Anna.

“I loved ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as a kid and the dancers did a great job telling the story,” Lexi Simmons, junior early childhood education major, said.

Tickets were available in advance at Steel’s Jewelry, The Scoop, City Market Boutique and Little Options.

Advance prices were $10 for adults, $8 for children. At the door, prices increased to $12 for adults and $10 for children.

The Valdosta School and Ballet teamed with VSU Theatre to produce the adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” with elements of both classical and animated versions of the traditional fairytale.

“The collaborative effort is a wonderful opportunity for our actors and dancers to share their tremendous talents with parents, family, friends and the community,” Brandi Roberts, founder and artistic director, said.

Many other shows are scheduled to be performed at the campus theatre such as “Les Misèrables,” “Always Patsy Cline,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

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