Youth ballet brings ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to Palace Theatre

Courtesy photo by AnnMarie Lidman Photography “Sleeping Beauty,” portrayed by Kaitlin Griffin of Amherst, right, and The Lilac Fairy, portrayed by Teresina O’Hare, of Merrimack.

MANCHESTER – Will the beautiful Aurora prick her finger on a spindle and be cursed to sleep for a hundred years? Will a handsome prince find this sleeping beauty and awaken her from her slumber? Will good triumph over evil? Join Southern N.H. Youth Ballet as they bring the enchanting tale of “Sleeping Beauty” to life on stage in this magical ballet. “Sleeping Beauty” will be performed at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester in two matinee performances only, Sunday, April 2, at 1 and 4 p.m.

Everyone knows and loves the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” this delightful ballet is set to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the original composer of this fairy tale classic. “Sleeping Beauty” is a collaborative work that has been choreographed by Southern N.H. Youth Ballet Artistic Director, Patricia Lavoie, Residence Artists, Douglas Davis and Sally Werst.

“Many children don’t have the opportunity to see a ballet, so this is a great opportunity to expose children to the beauty and magic of ballet through a fairy tale classic that they know and love,” said Lavoie. “Hopefully this performance inspires these budding ballerinas and princesses, as well.”

The lead role will be performed by Kaitlin Griffin, a 16-year old from Amherst who attends Souhegan High School. With over 10 years of dance training, she has performed many other leading roles including the coveted role of Clara, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and most recently as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Palace Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Prince Desire will be performed by guest artist Alan Alberto of Festival Ballet in Providence. The King will be performed by Jay Von Handorf, faculty member and alumnus of Southern N.H. Dance Theater. The Queen will be performed by Valerie Manha and Carabosse, the evil fairy, will be performed by Erika Davis; both Manha and Davis are currently on faculty at Southern N.H. Dance Theater.

Other lead roles will be performed by Southern N.H. Youth Ballet company dancers including: Teresina O’Hare (The Lilac Fairy) of Merrimack; Maxim Stone (Master of Ceremonies) of Manchester; Victoria Chen (Courtier, Court Attendant) of Concord; Sophia Hancock (Courtier, Court Attendant) of Merrimack; Carolyn Hornor (Courtier, Court Attendant) of Amherst; Tabitha Spellicy (Courtier, Court Attendant) of Bedford; Jennifer White (Courtier, Court Attendant) of Hopkinton; Mattison Howard (Nurse Maid, Court Attendant, Carbosse’s Minion) of Concord; Maille Zelko (Nurse Maid, Carbosse’s Minion, Court Attendant) of Francestown; Caroline Baggs (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of New Boston; Jillian Bowman (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Windham; Gillian Campbell (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Hollis; Sierra Horne (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Milford; April Mauceri (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Londonderry; Julia Patterson (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Milford; Stephanie Rioux (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Bedford; Kim Yang (Lilac Fairy Attendant) of Bedford; Kyra Argeropoulos (Fairy, Aurora’s Friend) of Bedford; Sarah (Fairy, Aurora’s Friend) of Bedford; Christine Liu (Fairy, Aurora’s Friend) of Amherst; Kelly O’Regan (Fairy with Gifts, Aurora’s Friend) of Bedford; Madison Sullivan (Fairy, Aurora’s Friend) of Bedford; Lillian Chapman (Carbosse’s Minion, Court Attendant) of Bedford; Jessica Lin (Carbosse’s Minion, Court Attendant) of Bedford, Natalie Mellina (Carbosse’s Minion, Court Attendant) of Goffstown; and Caroline White (Carbosse’s Minion, Court Attendant) of Hopkinton.

Thanks to the generous support of Donna Anne Poulack Foundation, this matinee performance is tailored for youngsters, budding ballerinas and adults alike. Bring the kids and the family to the performance of this timeless classic fairy tale with Southern NH Youth Ballet’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty.” Tickets are on sale now for $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under by calling the Palace Theatre’s Box office at 668-5588 or online at