‘Sleeping Beauty’ to awaken at Parkrose High

Enjoy this preview of what looks to be a really fun show for the whole family …

Parkrose High student actors work out the staging of a scene of their production Snow White, opening on May 3rd.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Get ready to be delighted by the Parkrose High School Theater Department’s spring production, “Sleeping Beauty”.

While many people credit the Walt Disney Studio for creating the story presented in their in the 1959 animated film – many attribute it to French author Charles Perrault, who published his version in 1697.

“It is, indeed, a timeless tale,” remarked Ms. Zena, Parkrose High theater instructor, and the show’s director. “There have been so many versions written over the centuries that the story is open to interpretation.”

Parkrose High theatrical director, Ms. Zena, coaches actors as they work out scenes for the new show, Sleeping Beauty.

This modern version of the tale originally by Rufus Norris is told from the perspective of the fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty. “But, as we discover, it was an accident,” Zena said. “In a moment of emotion, she uttered a spell – and oops! The fairy realized she couldn’t undo it – and spent the next century trying to make things right.”

And, the story doesn’t end with Sleeping Beauty being awakened by Prince Charming’s kiss, either – you’ll have to see for yourself what happens when he takes her home to meet “Mama Charming”.

You’ll be charmed by the colorful costumes worn by the 35 cast members, and the scenic design and lighting provided by a stage crew of 20.

Sleeping Beauty, played by Liz Hurliman, tries to make sense of what Goodie the faerie (Dawn Parson) really wants, when it comes to relating to Prince Charming (Justin Wright).

Sleeping Beauty opens May 3
Enjoy this comical and romantic retelling of a timeless story that includes fairies, ogres, kings, and queens, on opening night, May 3. The show also runs May 4, and again on May 10 and 11. Curtain time for all performances is 7:00 p.m.

This delightful play is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are available at the door and are just $8 for adults; $5 for 18 and under or Seniors 65+. All shows are at 7:00 p.m. in the Parkrose High School Theater at 12003 NE Shaver Street, just off NE 122nd Avenue.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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