Another wacky adaptation designed to entertain the kids and the parents, relatives and adult friends who bring the kids to the show. Believe it or not, this SLEEPING BEAUTY is presented as a sort of Fox News event, with looney anchorman Rick Flick reporting on the mysterious coma that has overcome all the residents of the King's Court. It turns out, of course, that the coma is the work of the evil pixie Patrick of Paxton--or, as Patrick insists, the evil fairy Patrick of Paxton, because pixies, he contends, are way down on the supernatural food chain and he is certainly not one of those. Patrick perpetrated the curse because lovely Princess Briar Rose failed to invite him to the gala ball. Once the curse is set loose, the entire communications network of the Kingdom is unleashed, and the race is on to find the one true Prince who can awaken the Sleeping Princess--and her entire court--with a magical kiss. Of course, Patrick will have none of it--unless he himself can be the Kissing Prince and marry the lovely Briar Rose, something that just...cannot...happen.
Lots of laughs and lots of action but, in the end, the sweet, romantic story is told with charm, humor and care. Alternative title for adult audiences: THE BIG SNORE.
(PHOTOS FROM THE WINCHESTER LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION.)
Princess Briar Rose
Patrick of Paxton
Guy in Sweat Suit
THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOUBLE- and TRIPLE-CASTING!
The setting is a fairy tale Kingdom able to accommodate TV news crews and roaming reporters.