By CHARLES WAY
Directed by WHIT MacLAUGHLIN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
December 5 - January 27, 2008
Once upon a time...get ready! Here comes a modern, funnier version of one of your favorite tales. Meet our smart and independent Princess, a girl named Briar Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) and Gryff, her sidekick half-dragon with big dreams. There's Branwen, the friendly witch who tries to outspell evil Modron. And there's a Prince of course – Owain, a regal boy with standard princely attributes, minus the bravery, talent and competence. It's a twist on the story you remember, right through to the happily-ever-after. In between is a magical adventure, replete with troublesome fairies, a Spider King, and a dashing sword fight! Will Briar Rose's parents grant her the freedom she craves? Can Owain manage his fears, do the right thing, and please his father?
Boys and girls five years and older will love the Arden's fresh take on the classic. Please allow two hours for your visit to enjoy the show, the question and answer session, and the cast meet and greet.
"Arden can deliver all the magic promised in this classic fairy tale... boys will appreciate the delightful Owain's [David Raphaely] unwillingness to kiss Briar Rose [Nako Adodoadji] and girls will appreciate the fact that if it weren't for the intervention of dark sorcery, the princess would be perfectly capable of defending herself. Richard St. Clair's costumes are saturated in richness and texture... they are downright iconic... enchanting!" –Philadelphia Inquirer
"An engaging, beautifully staged production with broad appeal…the Arden continues to present some of the highest-quality children's theatre in Philadelphia." –Edge Philadelphia
"The Arden's surprisingly sophisticated new production of Sleeping Beauty
works on so many levels – as a fantasy, as a thriller, as a comedy – that parents may enjoy it more than their children. It's aimed at kids but never talks down to them and it may even teach them a thing or two." –Talkin' Broadway
"A modern, funnier version of the classic fairy tale that offers great fun for the whole family... keep in mind that this is not a Disney production!" –GoCityKids
magazine recently named the Arden Theatre "Best of Philly" in children's theatre and it's little wonder why... the story is a lesson in courage, loyalty and faith in yourself ...bring your little sister, bring your grandma, bring your date, whomever – you'll all leave smiling." –Uwishunu
"Nako Adodoadji shines as Briar Rose... she plays the character with a wonderful mixture of childlike innocence, strong independence and youthful curiosity. Raphaely is awesome as Owain, transforming from an awkward child into a brave hero. Bright, beautiful costumes and a beautiful set complete the fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty
is an excellent show!" –The County Press
Behind the Scenes–
Arden associate artistic director Amy Dugas Brown shares the secrets of casting a perfect family show with the Main Line Times
Arden Children's Theatre is Philadelphia's first resident professional children's theatre program, and was named Best Theater for Kids
magazine's 2007 Best of Philly Awards.