Central Ballet Theatre of Greeneville will bring the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty to the stage Jan. 27-29 in a multi-faceted production.
Four performances of “Sleeping Beauty: True Love’s Kiss” are scheduled for the last weekend in January in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. The production is a part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s 2016-17 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.
“Sleeping Beauty” continues Central Ballet’s tradition of presenting a multi-dimensional production and will feature majestic sets and backdrops, dynamic lighting and technical surprises brought together through classical and contemporary choreography to tell stories with emotional and spiritual depth.
A story of destruction wrought by bitterness and guilt and the overcoming power of forgiveness are the heart of “Sleeping Beauty.” Similar to the recent movie, “Maleficent,” Central Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” brings audiences into the world of evil fairy, Maleficent, and helps them understand the anger and bitterness that leads her to curse the innocent baby Princess Aurora. The story follows what happens as Maleficent follows the growth of the princess and changes begin to happen in the heart of the maligned fairy, and a young Prince arrives on the scene, falling in love with the sweet princess.
Professional dancers Dillon Davis and Dante Adela join the local performers in the Central Ballet company for this production. In his third Central Ballet production, Davis will dance the role of King Maldoer. A member of Chattanooga Ballet, Dillon started his professional career as a trainee at Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. After completing his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Dillon performed professionally with Nashville Ballet and Dance Theater of Tennessee. While with Dance Theater of Tennessee, he had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers Ma Cong, Darrell Grand-Moultrie and Ron De Jesus of Hubbard Street.
Adela returns to Central Ballet stage as the Raven in “Sleeping Beauty.” Adeala just completed touring for four years as Yao, the lead in Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion.” Adela trained in dance at North Carolina School of the Arts and Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago then went on to dance in several professional companies including Orlando Ballet and Cedar Lake Ensemble. In past seasons with Central Ballet Theatre, Adela has danced Trumpkin in “Prince Caspian” and Pharoah’s son in “Exodus.”
Aurora will be danced by Meg Butler, a student at Greeneville High School, while Queen Oscilla will be portrayed by Katie Kricko, also a student at Greeneville High. Sophia Sparks, a performer from Greeneville will portray “Maleficent.” Two interesting characters added to the ballet’s storyline are Neene (the giver of evil) played by Elizabeth Bosse of Dandridge and Nahal (the good angel) played by Hallie Frank, a student at Chuckey-Doak High School.
A special addition to this version of “Sleeping Beauty” is speaking during the actual scenes versus a live narrator. CBT held two auditions this year: a dance audition and a voice audition. The voice for each character has its own actor, similar to characters in animated films.
Tickets for the ballet may be purchased at the General Morgan Inn, The Catalyst Coffee Company, Esther & Ella Boutique, Appalachian Chiropractic Center, from local dancers, or by calling 423-724-7014. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors ages 60 and up.