Stapleton Ballet's Sleeping Beauty Comes to The Playhouse in San Anselmo this Weekend
This weekend, over 100 young dancers from Marin's Stapleton Ballet will present the story ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Playhouse in San Anselmo. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, this family-friendly production takes place on Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 pm.
The show is performed by Stapleton Youth Company dancers and guest performers, including BFA students from the Dominican University/Lines Ballet program. The show also includes excerpts from Balanchine’s Who Cares? Set to the music of George Gershwin. All seating is general. Run time for the entire show is an hour and a half, and there is a 15-minute intermission. Princess Aurora and the fairies will greet children after the performance, so bring your cameras!
The story of Sleeping Beauty is commonly associated with the Disney animated film, released in 1959. But this ballet has a much richer history. Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write a score for the story in 1888 by Ivan Vsevolozhsky. The ballet scenario that Tchaikovsky worked on was based on the Brothers Grimm version of Perrault's work entitled Dornröschen. However, Vsevolozhsky incorporated some of Perrault's characters from other stories into the ballet, such as Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood.
Sleeping Beauty premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1890. The work is widely regarded as Tchaikovsky's finest ballet score, and has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets.
Stapleton Ballet is offering one free child ticket with an adult ticket purchase for the Sunday 5:00 pm performance only (March 29th). Please call Stapleton School at 415-454-5759 to purchase the tickets and mention Marin Mommies.
Tickets are $24 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase advance tickets, call (800) 838-3006. The Playhouse is located at 27 Kensington Road in San Anselmo. For more information about Sleeping Beauty and the Stapleton Ballet, call (415) 454-5759 or visit www.stapletonschool.org.
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