The Leduc Drama Society, in partnership with Connectivity Dance Ltd., is going to give fans of theatre a taste of the tale of Sleeping Beauty pre-Disney two weekends in a row.
The theatre production will be held at the MacLab Centre for the Performing Arts in Leduc with show times at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11. In addition to the evening performances there will be 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 5 and 11.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s been modernized but it is different,” said director Lyndon Anderson.
“A lot of it is maybe pulled from earlier versions of the story,” she added.
Anderson says this telling of Sleeping Beauty will not stick to traditional gender roles. The female characters will not simply sit idle as damsels in distress and the male characters will show vulnerability.
The running time of the play clocks in at approximately 1.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission.
“It is a little bit of everything (comedy, drama, musical) but it is definitely still appropriate for the entire family,” said Anderson.
She feels if a child is able and old enough to sit through a feature length film they will be able to sit through Sleeping Beauty.
Being a musical, the Leduc Drama Society looked to Connectivity Dance Ltd. for that component, with additional choreography by Jana Hamilton.
Auditions for the play wrapped up close to the end of September, 2016 and the large cast of more than 65 people have been working hard to bring the world of Sleeping Beauty to life.
Another character brought to life for the play is an 18 foot long purple dragon with a 10 foot wingspan, created by Edmonton-based puppetry experts Odd-Lot Puppet Co.
“I think one of the coolest things about fairy tales is that element of magic,” said Anderson.