Charles Way, playwright Chad Henry, composer David Duvall, orchestrator
84 pgs. 8 female, 4 male Doubling is possible
Originally produced in SCT’s 2005-06 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+
This musical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” maintains the classic fairy tale but tells it with a modern touch of humor and style-our princess has spirit and a will of her own. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, two magical sisters watched over a land, a land so very far away. The sisters, Branwen and Modron, vied for the life of an innocent child found in the woods, Briar Rose. As a kindness, Branwen gave the baby to the King and Queen. However, Modron vowed that if she couldn’t have the girl no one could. Before night’s end on her sixteenth birthday, Briar Rose will be doomed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle and fall to her death. Branwen was able to grant the family a reprieve; instead of death, Briar Rose would merely fall into a hundred-year sleep, with only the touch of true love’s kiss able to break the spell. Knowing that much can happen in sixteen years, Branwen sent the child a companion, Gryff, a creature half man and half dragon. Despite Gryff’s diligence, Briar Rose fell prey to the hex, and only her friend, the hapless Prince Owain, could save her. Filled with trepidation, Owain embarked on the quest to conquer the Spider King and enchanted fairies. But does he have the courage to vanquish Modron herself?
“If you’re looking for children’s holiday entertainment with depth, the ancient art form of the fairy tale fills the bill.” –Seattle Post Intelliger
Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.
*Sleeping Beauty has a performance-quality CD. Additional fees apply.