My family kicked off the holiday season with our traditional trip to The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC). This year we saw a fantastic performance of Sleeping Beauty. As usual, the kids were mesmerized, and so was I.
If you aren’t familiar with ETC, their performances are a little different than that of a traditional fairy tale.
Sleeping Beauty was the character of Briar Rose, of course. But, there is a little bit of rock n’ roll, some romance, and a lot of comedy! The characters are larger than life and so much fun to watch. My favorite was Deb Girdler as the evil fairy Wisteria, who curses Briar Rose to fall asleep for 100 years when she is pricked by a rose. Deb plays a phenomenal villain and I love hearing her character cackle with delight at her own jokes and evil genius. She is an ETC veteran and played in my other favorite role as the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
ETC’s Sleeping Beauty is a fast paced musical. The king and queen are fun to watch as they struggle with parenthood and eventually their roles as thorns on the huge briar surrounding the castle…as they ‘poke’ fun at each other. Yes, it had to be said. The first prince, who unwittingly provides Briar Rose with the rose that sends her into a century-long sleep, is a rogue prince traveling the country with his guitar and a song.
Tickets for Sleeping Beauty range from $28 to $44 for adults and $18 for children. ETC also has half-price rush tickets available for all performances, two hours prior to show time.
Sleeping Beauty runs December 3, 2014-January 4, 2015. 7:00 p.m. performances Fri.; 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. performances Sat. and select weeknights; 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. No performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. A complete calendar is available at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
Disclosure: Tickets for our preview attendance were provided by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Views expressed in this post are our own.