Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen The Bolshoi Ballet's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen The Bolshoi Ballet's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

A resplendent fairytale ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse movie screen in HD on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm. On her 16th birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. This beautiful ballet features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a "truly extraordinary talent" (The Telegraph). This screening is part of Atria Senior Living Classical Series with support from Whistle Stop Bakery and underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Liz & Steven Goldstone, and Sabina & Walter Slavin. Tickets are free for children 18 and younger.

This sumptuous Russian masterpiece was commissioned in 1888 by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, the director of Russia's Imperial Theater, with Petyr Tchaikovsky as composer. It is the second of Tchaikovsky's ballets, preceded by Swan Lake. Based on Charles Perrault's original fairy tale, La Belle au bois dormant, Tchaikovsky worked from The Brothers Grimm version of the tale and (together with Vsevolozhsky) incorporated other characters from their oeuvre such as Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.

The Bolshoi Ballet ("Great Ballet" in Russian) is the leading ballet company of Russia, famous for elaborately staged productions of the classics and children's ballets that preserve the traditions of 19th-century classical dance. The Ridgefield Playhouse offers free tickets to The Bolshoi Ballet in HD series to students 18 and younger as a way for parents to introduce their children to the arts. FREE tickets are also available to students 18 and younger for live and encore in HD screenings of The Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre of London.

For tickets ($25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | FREE to students 18 and younger), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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