Fairies, wise women and a royal family will arrive in Oklahoma Baptist University’s Theatre for Young Audiences’ production of Sleeping Beauty. The show will be presented February 22, 23 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2:30 p.m. in OBU’s Craig-Dorland Theatre.
Adapted for the stage by Charles Way, Sleeping Beauty is a classical tale which relies on the strength of friendship and the power of family to overcome great odds.
“It’s not the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, and it’s still not even the original fairy tale. It has a Celtic medieval flair,” said Susan Smoots a senior from Renton, Wash., who plays Modron, the dark sister. “There are some twists in it that are not in the fairy tale everyone is familiar with.”
Fiona Rene Oldham, a junior from Austin, Texas, plays Branwen, the bright sister who battles Modron over the care of an orphaned baby girl.
Other cast members include Elliot Freeman a freshman from Paola, Kan., as Gryff; Nathan Hollis, a senior from Clovis, N.M., as Prince Owain; Lacy Hutchinson, a sophomore from Longview, Texas, as Briar Rose; Megan Winters, a senior from Fritch, Texas, as Queen Guinevere; Mike Morris, a junior from Arlington, Texas, as King Peredur; and Philip Ledbetter, a senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, as Spider King and Bishop.
Children from the Shawnee community also have been cast as the Tylwyth Teg fairies. They are Ansley Elliott, Hope Burnett, Hadley Griffith, Hannah Levingston, Makenzie Mason, Harper Morris, and Kyla Mae Tarpey.
Special matinee performances of Sleeping Beauty will be performed for approximately 2,500 Shawnee elementary school children. On nights and weekends, the show is open to the rest of the public and the OBU community.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the OBU Box Office at 405-878-2347 or visiting the box office located in Sarkey’s Telecommunication Center. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 students and $2 for children 12 and younger. Craig-Dorland Theatre is located in OBU’s Shawnee Hall.