STAGES St. Louis to Present Disney's SLEEPING BEAUTY, 6/18-29

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STAGES St. Louis to Present Disney's SLEEPING BEAUTY, 6/18-29

STAGES St. Louis brings to life another beloved Princess in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (June 18 - June 29), performed at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School.Disney's classic fairy tale is retold on stage in a magical production full of breathtaking dance and the glorious music of Tchaikovsky, including the beautiful "Once Upon a Dream." With charming characters including regal royalty, slimy goons, as well as magical fairies and animal friends, Disney's Sleeping Beauty is a treasured treat guaranteed to enchant audiences!

Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty graced the silver screen in 1959 as the sixteenth animated film in Disney's classic series. Based on Charles Perrault's literary tale, "Sleeping Beauty in the Wood," Sleeping Beauty marked the final Disney adaptation of a classic fairy tale (after Disney's death, the studio returned to the genre in 1989 with The Little Mermaid). In 2014, the famed princess story returned to the screen with a darker film, Maleficent, now retold through the perspective of the 1959 Disney film's iconic villain. With the movie currently in theatres, the stage production of Disney's Sleeping Beauty presents the perfect opportunity to introduce families to the original fairy tale.

Born into a wondrous world of beauty, song, and privilege, sweet Princess Aurora cannot escape the spell cast upon her by the evil sorceress Maleficent. By sunset on her sixteenth birthday, the young princess is fated to prick her finger on the cursed spindle and fall into a long deep slumber, only to be awakened by true love's kiss. With a little hocus-pocus from the enchanted wands of the adoring fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the spellbound Prince Phillip rescues his love and all their dreams come true!

St. Louis Actress Berklea Going stars as the beloved Princess Aurora. Going performed her first role at STAGES at the age of ten and has performed in numerous regional theatres throughout the country. Later this summer she can be seen in The Muny's production of Hello, Dolly!

St. Louis Actor Charlie Ingram returns to STAGES as Prince Phillip. Ingram last appeared in STAGES 2012 production of The Sound of Music. A recent graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, he was most recently in their production of Into the Woods.

St. Louis Actress Morgan Amiel Faulkner makes her STAGES debut as Maleficent. Recent credits include A Christmas Carol, Anything Goes, and the tour of The Man in Black Show, starring June Carter.

Rounding out the cast in alphabetical order are Stephen Barnowski (Court Gentleman), Brennan Caldwell (Snitch), Lois Enders (Court Lady), Laura Ernst (Flora), John Flack (King Stefan), Cole Hoefferle (Young Prince Phillip), Erik Keiser (Grub), Jonathan Kwock (Court Gentleman), Laurie McConnell (Fauna), Lauren Roesner (Queen Stefanie), April Strelinger (Merryweather), Lara Turek (Court Lady/Bluebird), and Whit Reichert (King Hubert).

The creative team for the production includes: Michael Hamilton (Direction), Steve Bourneuf (Choreography), Lisa Campbell Albert (Musical Direction), Jason Coale (Scenic Design), Jeff Shearer (Costume Design), Paul Centner Tilson (Lighting Design), Stuart M. Elmore (Orchestral Design).

Single ticket prices range from $19-$23. Price includes fun pre-show activities one hour prior to the start of the show. The STAGES Theatre for Young Audiences productions perform at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory school located at 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO. For more information or to purchase tickets call 314-821-2407 or visit www.StagesStLouis.org.

STAGES St. Louis is the region's foremost not-for-profit company committed to preserving and advancing the art form of Musical Theatre through excellence in performance and education. In 2014, STAGES celebrates its 28th year of producing Broadway-quality theatre, presenting more than 200 performances from April through October to more than 75,000 patrons.

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