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The Sleeping Beauty

At the Magnificent Ohio Theatre

March 9-11, 2012 - see dates & times

Escape into an enchanted world of castles, curses, forests and fairies as BalletMet brings back to the stage the most celebrated classical ballet of all time, The Sleeping Beauty. Set to Tchaikovsky's famously moving score, this fantasy favorite tells the story of the beautiful Princess Aurora whose 100-year slumber can only be broken by the kiss of a handsome prince. Timeless music, sumptuous costuming and majestic dancing including the stunning Rose adagio, the Blue Bird pas de deux and the Fairy variations.

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The Sleeping Beauty Princess Tea Party

March 10, 2012 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Tea attire--white gloves optional.

Galbreath Pavilion, 39 E. State Street

This tea will be a delightful way to spend a mother-daughter afternoon. Tickets include tea party refreshments, meeting The Sleeping Beauty characters and Orchestra I seating at BalletMet’s Saturday matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty.

Tickets: $95 for tea party including a performance ticket or $40 for party only $20 tax-deductible donation included in both ticket options RSVP to Barbara Markus at 614.586.8671 or Purchase tickets now!

Senior Dress Rehearsal

Friday, March 9, 11 a.m.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St.

Special preview for ages 55 and up. General Admission seating. Purchase tickets through CAPA Ticket Office, 614.469.0939 or Ticketmaster outlets, 800.982.2787.

Free Open Rehearsal

Friday, February 24th at 5 p.m.

BalletMet Performance Space - 322 Mt. Vernon Ave. behind the main building

Sleeping Beauty Storytime

Join our pre-professional dancers and BalletMet’s education manager for a special Sleeping Beauty Storytime

Where: Columbus Main Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH
Date: February 25, 2012
Time: 11am

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Sleeping Beauty

The Story...


The king anxiously awaits the birth of his only child. At last the infant arrives. The king calls for a grand christening celebration to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings on his daughter, Aurora. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song, and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse; she is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and die. Luckily, the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her gift. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger, she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.


Carabosse and her entourage prepare the poisoned needle and hide it in a bouquet of flowers for Aurora.


It is Aurora’s 18th birthday. The palace gardens are decorated and the celebrations begin. Aurora receives four suitors who honor her with gifts of roses. During the festivities Aurora clutches Carabosse’s flowers, pricks her finger and faints away. Carabosse reveals herself in triumph and vanishes. The Lilac Fairy returns to fulfill her promise. Aurora is carried inside the palace where she and the court will sleep until the arrival of the prince.



One hundred years later, Prince Florimund is hunting with some companions. There, in the forest, he sees a vision of the most beautiful woman he has ever imagined; it is Aurora. Florimund dances with Aurora and falls instantly in love. When the vision disappears, Florimund pleads with the Lilac Fairy to take him to Aurora. Florimund discovers the overgrown castle, but must first do battle with Carabosse, who would prevent him from entering. Once inside the castle Florimund finds Aurora and awakens her with a kiss. Florimund declares his love for Aurora, and the king and queen give their blessing for their daughter's marriage.


The palace must be prepared for the wedding. The dust of the ages must be cleaned, and a wedding dress must be made for Aurora. The Fairies return for the celebration along with the fairy tale characters of the Bluebird and Princess Florine, Puss in Boots and the White Cat. Everyone joins in a dance of celebration. Finally, Florimund and Princess Aurora are married and receive the blessing of the Lilac Fairy.