‘Enchanted Sleeping Beauty’ mixes action and romance

 Reviewed by Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent

Prepare to travel to the mystical kingdom of Never Nod — a place of myth and celebration.

When the curtains first open to Alamance Children’s Theatre’s presentation of the “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty: A Musical,” audience members are greeted by an ensemble of colorful, unforgettable characters and idyllic music courtesy of the talented cast and veteran director Carol Plew.

Based on the “Tale of Briar Rose,” by the Brothers Grimm, this is a fable most will be familiar with, yet there are some creative additions that will make this re-imagination much more memorable. 

The plot’s focus stems primarily from the king and queen’s decision to invite everyone in the land to commemorate the joyous occasion of the birth of their daughter Briar Rose, played by Ivy Welborn. Due to a shortage of golden plates, however, it is determined that one unlucky wise woman of Never Nod must be cast off the guest list and Evilina, played by Morgan Peterson, due to her lackluster reputation, is chosen. 


Needless to say, Evilina, who lives alone in her own castle except for her loyal yet comical giant spider (Ryan Mertz) and a witty kitty cat (Abby Chester), does not take the news well, so hilarity ensues. Insulted by the snub, the witch puts a curse on the infant princess.

Sixteen years later, it’s up to Briar Rose’s betrothed Prince Alexander (Evan Mertz) to come to his true love’s rescue and for the sake of the kingdom, too. Fearlessness and valor sustain the hero in his perilous quest in which he must battle a “Wall of Thorns (played by seven characters and led by Becca Stargel), a False Princess (Macy McKinney) and the exalted Dark Knight (Addie Angell),” in his quest to defeat Evilina’s heinous plans and save his “Sleeping Beauty,” the lovely Princess Briar Rose.

This captivating musical is suitable for all ages, and tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington, between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or by calling (336) 222-TIXS. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for groups of eight or more.

The show is sponsored in part by Burlington Pediatrics. Special shows for school groups and home-schoolers are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday and these shows are $2 per person and email actinfo@alamancechildrenstheatre.com for details.

 Sabrina Otero is a freshman at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.



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