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Reawakening Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Nashua

Friday, March 14, 2014

NASHUA – Peacock Players, New Hampshire’s premiere award-winning youth theater, presents the Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty” at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, at 14 Court St., Nashua, for two weekends in March.

When the new princess Aurora is born, the entire kingdom rejoices. At a royal birthday ceremony, three good fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – bestow gifts of magic upon the child. When the uninvited evil sorceress Maleficent shows up, she places a curse on the princess – that the princess will die on her 16th birthday after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle.

The fairies alter the curse by casting a spell that will allow the princess to rather awake from an ageless sleep with a kiss from her true love. The fairies steal Aurora away to a cottage in the woods to keep her away from the eyes of Maleficent, and raise her as their own child, named Briar Rose.

On her 16th birthday, Aurora meets Prince Phillip in the woods and falls in love. Maleficent manages to kidnap the prince and her horrible prophecy is fulfilled when she tricks Aurora into touching the spindle of a spinning wheel created by Maleficent herself. Realizing that the prince is in trouble, the three good fairies head to Maleficent’s castle at the Forbidden Mountain and spring the prince loose. But the prince soon finds himself up against Maleficent’s army of goons and brutes, and the power of Maleficent’s evil spells. Based on the 1959 animated feature, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” brings fairy magic, evil dragons and true love’s kiss from the screen to the stage for a whole new generation of kids and families.

The Peacock Players Mainstage production will be directed by Peacock Players resident artist and Disney aficionado, MaryEllen Stevenson. Musical director Sarah Evans and choreographers Emma and Hannah Benson will lend their talents to the production.

“Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is timeless, fanciful and completely enchanting,” Stevenson said. “This production will charm children of all ages with the power of believing in the most imaginative things. Experiencing a live Disney production of this caliber is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and Peacock Players is proud to bring this Disney classic to life.”

The cast features Vienna Scott, of Hollis, as Flora. The rest of the ensemble is rounded out with New Hampshire’s most recognized young theatre performers, including Natalie Bingham, of Hollis, Ian McNabb, of Brookline, Snowie McNabb, of Brookline, Hayleigh Scott, of Hollis, and Sarah Scott, of Hollis.

Peacock Players recently received four New Hampshire Theatre Awards and eight top three finalist honors – including Best Youth Production for their November 2013 Mainstage production of “Shrek – The Musical.”

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” is sponsored in part by Tide Mill Studios, Mint Printworks Screen Print and Design, Costumes of Nashua and The Telegraph of Nashua. This production is rated G for all audiences.

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” is the fifth production in Peacock Players 38th annual Mainstage season. The theater will next present the New Hampshire debut of Disney’s “Tarzan” in May. For more information regarding Peacock Players upcoming auditions, Mainstage productions, classes and Summer Theatre Camp, visit www.peacockplayers.org.

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15th, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at 886-7000 or visit www.peacockplayers.org.

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