The Beth Fowler Dance Company and the Beth Fowler School of Dance will once again awaken the magic of the local live scene, presenting the timeless tale of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
The production promises to enchant and delight people of all ages, as audiences marvel at the classic story of love and triumph over evil, told through the beauty and power of ballet, danced by local dancers from the dance company and a large local cast. .
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday March 12; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. All performances will be held at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.
The ballet tells through dance the centuries-old story of Princess Aurora, who is targeted by an evil fairy to be destroyed after the girl’s royal parents neglect to invite the fairy to Aurora’s birth celebration. .
Instead, thanks to the intervention of good fairies, the evil fairy, Carobosse, can only condemn Aurora to a long enchanted sleep, starting on her 16th birthday.
The spell is broken, however, when a brave prince, with the help of the good fairies, defeats the evil magic and, with a kiss, awakens the beautiful princess. The story ends with a magical wedding celebration, dazzled by Aurora’s enchanted friends and neighbors, including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and many more.
The production takes off with magic and beauty, thanks to the classical score and the breathtaking costumes and sets.
“It’s a wonderful production,” said Beth Fowler, artistic director and owner of the Beth Fowler School of Dance, in a press release. “It’s an easy story to follow. Everybody knows it.”
Fowler and Jen Flatland, a BFDC alumnus and one of the dance school’s instructors, said they were especially thrilled to bring magic to life on the stage of the historic Egyptian theatre.
In the upcoming presentation, Flatland will dance the role of the Lilac Fairy.
“The most exciting thing for me about performing in Egyptian theater is that it feels so familiar to me,” Flatland said in the statement. “I’ve performed there my entire dancing career, so it holds a special place in my heart.”
Emily Fox of St. Charles will dance the role of Princess Aurora. Fox performed with the Fowler Dance Company for 12 years and danced many high-profile roles, including as the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” and Dorothy in last year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The prince will be performed by Jack Goings, a Wisconsin native who attends Northern Illinois University’s dance program. He has been dancing with the BFDC for two years.
Abby Lewis of St. Charles will play Carobosse the evil fairy. Lewis performed with Fowler for 12 years and also danced many leading roles, including Clara and the Queen of Roses in ‘The Nutcracker’.
Aurora’s father and mother, King and Queen, will be played by Phil Masterton of Rockford and Rachael Kollins-Merchut of DeKalb, a former BFDC student who is now an instructor at the dance school.
The cast will feature many other dancers from the company in various roles, as well as students from the Beth Fowler School of Dance in children’s roles.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under enter free. All tickets are reserved seating. Each child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Princess Aurora on stage after the show, where photos can be taken.
Tickets are available online at www.EgyptianTheatre.orgby phone through the Egyptian Theater box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour prior to performances.