Fall in Love with New Bedford Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty
New Bedford Ballet brings drama and romance to the Zeiterion Theatre stage with its performance of the classic fairytale Sleepy Beauty on June 9th at 2:00 and 8:00. Set to Tchaikovsky’s regal score and the choreography of artistic director Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault, along with ballet instructor Eugenia Zinovieva, dancers of all ages will enchant the audience in this whimsical interpretation of good vs. evil and the redemption of true love.
The ballet tells the tale of Princess Aurora, who on her sixteenth birthday accidentally pricks her finger, unlocking the evil Carabosse’s curse. However, the Lilac Fairy casts a spell of her own, so that Aurora will not die, but instead fall into a deep, hundred-year sleep—that is until a young prince breaks the curse with his kiss. The story culminates in a wedding gala full of dazzling dancing and costumes in a delightful storybook setting.
Graduating Dartmouth High School senior, Caroline Mello, embraces Aurora’s sweet and lighthearted innocence, while high school juniors Olivia Cornell and Mary Bancroft dance the parts of the virtuous Lilac Fairy and elegant queen respectively. William Levasseur, former graduate of New Bedford Ballet, returns to play the King. All seek to protect Aurora from the wicked and scheming Carabosse, danced by high school junior Felicia Garro. Guest artist Alex Lantz, company dancer with Festival Ballet, captivates the audience as the Prince with his power and agility, bringing dramatic flair coupled with technical precision to the stage.
Based on the beloved story written by Charles Perrault and later made famous by Brothers Grimm, Sleeping Beauty was originally premiered as a ballet in 1890 in St. Petersburg, Russia, choreographed by Marius Petipa, who later collaborated with Tchaikovsky to set it to his famous score in 1889.
New Bedford Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty is sponsored by Riccardi's Italian Restaurant and Southeastern Development Co., LLC. Reserved tickets are $22, and general admission prices are $17 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. Special group rates are available for non-profit organizations. Tickets can be purchased by contacting New Bedford Ballet at 508-993-1387.
Since 1987, the non-profit New Bedford Ballet has continued its mission of bringing the performing arts to our community. To learn more about New Bedford Ballet, including child and adult classes and community programs, visit their website at www.newbedfordballet.org.
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