ALEXANDRIA, VA-Tchaikovsky composed “The Sleeping Beauty” from 1888 to 1889. It is the longest of his three ballet scores. Based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Disney adapted the work for an animated movie released in 1959.
The Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) in Alexandria will showcase their own adaptation from 12 a.m. on May 8 to 12 p.m. on May 9. Over a span of 24 hours, viewers can choose to see one, two, or all three virtual performances. Each performance was pre-recorded at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and features a different cast. The event is meant to coincide with Mother’s Day.
“We’re celebrating moms with this timeless classic story of hope and love, beautifully weaved in with dance and song,” said the school’s co-executive director Sara Hart. “We’re thrilled our soon-to-be graduates were able to be part of our spring ballet despite the COVID limitations.”
The performances feature the MSA Youth Ballet, with film direction by Enoch Chan Productions, cinematography by Austin Reeves, and stage direction by MSA staff member Kirsten Noetzel and MSA Youth Ballet Director Jacqueline Doherty.
“The Sleeping Beauty” tells the tale of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Caraboose to sleep for one hundred years. On her 16th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger and falls into a deep slumber. The Lilac Fairy helps to break the curse with a red rose, which is kissed by a prince and laid next to Aurora, who then awakens.
To purchase tickets, click HERE. View one show for $20, two for $25, and three for $30.
A number of the production’s cast are 2021 MSA graduates and have been accepted into ballet training schools across the country.