Classic Fairy Tale” Sleeping Beauty” Comes to Life at Beck Center
The Beck Center for the Arts Dance Workshop and Dance Education program will be presenting a condensed encore presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet “Sleeping Beauty. The performances will be held Saturday, April 12 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. on the Mackey Main Stage. Tickets are still available for all performances.
The production has been choreographed especially for children by Marius Petipa with additional choreography by Melanie Szucs (associate director of Dance Education and artistic director of the Dance Workshop).
“sleeping Beauty is the romantic fairy tale about the beautiful princess Aurora who is cursed at birth by a wicked fairy. The curse would have the princess sleep for 100 years but true love and a kiss from a handsome prince removes the spell. The ballet concludes with a wedding celebration with fairy tale characters as guests.
“This story appeals to all ages regardless of their familiarity with the ballet, but it speaks directly to children who love fairy tales and happy endings,” remarked Szucs.
Beck Center contemporary dance instructor, Kara Madden, will appear in the role of Princess Aurora. Aside from teaching, Kara also dances with Verb Ballets in Cleveland. Jason Wang will awake Aurora from her slumber, dancing as Prince Desiré. Jason has danced with the Cincinnati Ballet and Louisville Ballet, and currently teaches boys' dance and hip hop at Beck Center. Members of the Beck Center Dance Workshop and select dance education students will also appear onstage throughout the ballet.
“Sleeping Beauty" is a wonderful vehicle for our dancers to develop their classical ballet technique,” said Szucs.
Tickets are $12 for adults/seniors and $10 for students/children 18 and under. (Ticket prices include service fees.) For tickets, visit beckcenter.org or call the Beck Center box office at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.
Beck Center’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.