It all started in 1917 when the Brothers Grimm first published their captivating fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Over the years the tale was spun in many ways all over the world including in a major Disney movie and endless stage plays. But right now and right here in Southern California the time is now and the place is Theatre West where in the shadows of Universal City Theatre West in association with Storybook Theatre presents “Sleeping Beauty” every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. now through July 9th.
You know this tale, it all starts when a very jealous fairy puts an evil spell on the new child born to the king and queen. According to this spell once the princess turns 15 years old she will prick her finger on a wheel and instantly fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. Sure enough the girl turns 15, pricks her finger and falls asleep for a century. Different incarnations have different nuances but that is pretty much the core of the story along with the happy handsome Prince ending. As being told now at Theatre West it is an utterly charming, very warm and in the words of the ultimate theatrical critic my most granddaughter Somaya “Sweet.”
Believe it or not it is also a musical. Oh don’t worry Broadway isn’t getting nervous but several songs are delivered effectively by a superb cast adding even more joy to the total experience. It is also a very interactive production meaning that most if not all of the children in the audience gets to step on stage and join in the play. You can’t help but to believe that such an experience will remain forever a very fond memory for the children as well as their parents.
Its target audience is clearly children from about age 3 through about age 10. Oh and parents do enjoy the show as well if for no other reason than watching their children be thoroughly and beautifully entertained. It is truly magic. “Sleeping Beauty” in its Theatre West incarnation is fun and warm and filled with positive messages aimed squarely at the children and is an experience every parent should give to their children while they can. Doing so is even extremely affordable with ticket prices only $10 for children and just $12 for adults.
Theatre West is located directly across from Universal City at 3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West, Los Angeles, California 90068. Reservations may be made by calling 818-761-2203 and online ticketing is available at: www.theatrewest.org. You should also know that Theatre West is making birthday parties and school group visits available by prior arrangement. So if you happen to have in interest in putting such a special event together do give them a call.