The Sleeping Beauty

Tulsa Performing Arts Center
February 20-22, 2015

Marcello Angelini after Marius Petipa, Music by Peter Tchaikovsky

Love triumphs over evil in one of the most beloved story ballets of all time. Join us and experience the ultimate classical ballet of the 19th century.  Let us take you to a place where love triumphs over evil and where happily ever after is a way of life. Tulsa Ballet, where your dreams come true!

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Prologue  - The Christening of Princess Aurora
King Florestan XIV and his Queen are celebrating the christening of their newborn daughter, Princess Aurora. Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies has, as the King commanded, invited the fairies of the forest to be godmothers, bestowing their individual qualities on the royal infant.
The joyous occasion is suddenly interrupted by the arrival Carabosse and her entourage.  Furious at having been forgotten, she casts a spell on Aurora.  Carabosse predicts, that, on the day of her sixteenth birthday, Aurora will prick her finger and die. The Lilac Fairy, yet to bestow her gift, decrees that Aurora, rather than die, will fall into a deep sleep and be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince who has fallen in love with her and with whom, she too, will find love and happiness.  Thwarted, Carabosse leaves swearing revenge.
It’s the day of Aurora’s sixteenth birthday.  As Catalabutte walks in the hallways of the palace, he discovers some peasants knitting.  Needles of any size have been forbidden in the court for fear of Carabosse’s spell.  The King discovers the violation and threatens to execute the perpetrators.  The Queen intervenes to save the lives of the young peasants.  Moved by her plea, the King pardons them.
Act One – The Spell
It’s now the celebration of Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday.  Four Princes have arrived at the castle to seek her hand in marriage.  As the princess dances with her four suitors, a mysterious lady furtively appears and hands Aurora a bouquet of flowers within which is hidden a fateful spindle.  Seemingly unaware that all spindles and needles had been long-since banned from the vicinity of the palace, Aurora curiously examines it.  With a cry, she pricks her finger and in delirium, collapses.  The mysterious lady reveals herself as Carabosse and vanishes, triumphant that her curse has been fulfilled.  The Lilac Fairy then comforts the Court, announcing that Aurora is not dead, but merely sleeping.

Act Two – The Vision and The Awakening
One hundred years later, Prince Florimund and his hunting party pause for refreshment in a glade in the forest.  He is disenchanted with the worldly sophistications of his court and remains alone as the chase continues.  The Lilac Fairy appears and learning that the Prince has not found love, conjures a vision of the sleeping Aurora.  Entranced by the apparition, the Prince implores the Lilac Fairy to lead him to Aurora.  The Lilac Fairy guides the Prince through the sleeping palace where Carabosse lurks guarding her victim from any intruders.  The Lilac Fairy vanquishes the evil Carabosse and Florimund awakens Aurora with a kiss.
Act Three – The Wedding
Having found love, Aurora and Florimund celebrate their marriage with guests of the Court.

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