“Sleeping Beauty” spreads timeless magic in Brooklyn

The classic fairytale that never gets old—based on a beautiful princess who falls under the curse of a wicked sorceress…

Can you guess which one it is?

It’s “Sleeping Beauty,” which originated in France as Charles Perrault’s “La Belle au Bois Dormant,” and spread over time to Germany, Sweden, Italy, Chile and many other nations.

Now it’s coming to Brooklyn – the on-stage version, that is – thanks to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, which will present American Family Theater’s (AFT) version on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

No matter how old you are, this rendition by American Family Theater – rich with fairy godmothers, magic and true love – is sure to delight, as the story builds to the finale: a kiss from a handsome prince that will break the spell over the sleeping princess for a happily-ever-after ending.

“It’s a delightful show,” commented Laurie Wagman, president of AFT, who added, “I consider ‘Sleeping Beauty’ the ultimate time travel experience.

“The first story was written at the end of the 1600s,” she explained, noting that the “fully produced show,” which includes music and dancing — will showcase a cast dressed in vintage-style garments that represent the era.

Even the spinning wheel, which the princess comes in contact with when she’s just a teenager, was purchased from an antique show—immersing the audience into this “time travel tale.”

The princess pricks her finger and she — along with the entire palace — falls asleep for 100 years, until the brave, handsome prince shows up to wake them all up from their lengthy slumber.

And, it’s not just about the past. Good wishes for the future, and keeping the promises and hopes of what it holds, are two of the main themes of the widely-known story.

The show is appropriate for the entire family, from the little ones on up. There’s a lot of audience interaction, said Wagner, in addition to an after-show portion in which the audience gets to meet the cast and take pictures with them.

“I don’t know who loves it more,” laughed Wagman. “We’ll have a lot of ‘beauties’ in their princess dresses.”

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org, or by calling 718-951-4500 (Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6 p.m.).

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