Beck Center's Dance Workshop and Dance Education program will present an encore production of a condensed version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Sleeping Beauty April 27 through 29 in the Recital Hall of the Music-Armory Building at the Beck Center for the Arts. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale now.
This romantic fairy tale tells the story of the beautiful princess Aurora who is cursed at birth by the wicked fairy Carabosse to slumber for 100 years, beginning when she turns 16. Only true love and the kiss of a handsome prince can wake her. The ballet concludes with a wedding celebration visited by fairy tale characters.
Beck's production, specially choreographed for children, includes a cast of 65 students including 12 male dancers. The two male lead dancers appear courtesy of the Cleveland School of the Arts. Princess Aurora will be danced by Julia Horner, age 17. Taylor Gerrasch, age 17, will dance the role of the wicked fairy Carabosse and Abby Schneider, age 16, is featured as the Lilac Fairy. With original choreography by Marius Petipa, Beck's Sleeping Beauty includes additional choreography by Melanie Szucs, associate director of Dance Education and artistic director of the Dance Workshop at the Beck Center.
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, ext. 10. 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 sponsored by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional Theater Productions, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring regional artists.