May 13-14, 2023
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Yuka Oba-Muschiana & Ryan Sims
Photo: Into Dust Photography
This classical ballet tells the fairytale story of the conflicting forces of good and evil: the lovely Princess Aurora, the wicked fairy who curses her, the kind fairy who protects her, and the brave prince who set her free of the spell. Returning to the stage after the pandemic’s interruption, this OBT production features the gorgeous score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, stunning sets and costumes, and original choreography by Marius Petipa.
Story of the Ballet
Prologue: Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, the good King Florestan and his Queen had their first child, Princess Aurora. To celebrate this happy occasion, they hold a grand christening ceremony to honor the baby princess.
Among the guests are six fairies, each offering the child wondrous gifts: sincerity, prosperity, generosity, vivacity, and passion. The last fairy to offer her gift is the most powerful fairy of them all, the Lilac Fairy. Before she can give her intended gift of wisdom, darkness falls over the palace. Escorted by fearsome minions, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives in a rage and demands to know why she did not receive an invitation to the celebration. Read more…
The 2023 production of The Sleeping Beauty is underwritten by Natasha Keeley Wright and Dave Wright.