‘Sleeping Beauty’ ballet to grace DeKalb stage

The Beth Fowler Dance Company and Beth Fowler School of Dance will present "Sleeping Beauty" March 11-13 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

The Beth Fowler Dance Company and Beth Fowler School of Dance will awaken once more the magic of the live local stage, presenting the timeless tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”

The production promises to enchant and delight people of all ages, as audiences marvel at the classic story of love and triumph over evil, as told through the beauty and power of ballet, danced by local dancers from the dance company and a large, local cast.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. All performances will be staged at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

The ballet tells through dance the age-old story of Princess Aurora, who is targeted by an evil fairy for destruction after the girl’s royal parents neglect to invite the fairy to the celebration of Aurora’s birth.

Instead, thanks to the intervention of good fairies, the evil fairy, Carobosse, can only sentence Aurora to a long, enchanted sleep, beginning on her 16th birthday.

The spell is broken, however, when a brave prince, with the aid of the good fairies, defeats the evil magic, and, with a kiss, awakens the beautiful princess. The story concludes with a magical wedding celebration, bedazzled by Aurora’s enchanted friends and neighbors, including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and more.

The production soars with magic and beauty, thanks to the classical score, and stunning costumes and scenery.

“This is a wonderful production,” Beth Fowler, artistic director and owner of the Beth Fowler School of Dance, said in a news release. “It’s a story that is easy to follow. Everyone knows it.”

Fowler and Jen Flatland, a BFDC alumnus and one of the dance school’s instructors, said they are particularly excited about again bringing the magic to life on the stage at the historic Egyptian Theatre.

In the upcoming presentation, Flatland will dance the role of the Lilac Fairy.

“The most exciting thing for me about performing at the Egyptian Theatre is that it is so familiar to me,” Flatland said in the release. “I have been performing there my entire dance career, so it holds a special place in my heart.”

Emily Fox of St. Charles will dance the role of Princess Aurora. Fox has performed with the Fowler Dance Company for 12 years, and has danced many prominent roles, including most recently as the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” and Dorothy in last year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Prince will be portrayed by Jack Goings, a Wisconsin native who is attending the dance program at Northern Illinois University. He has danced with the BFDC for the past two years.

Abby Lewis of St. Charles will portray Carobosse the evil fairy. Lewis has performed with Fowler for 12 years, and has also danced many prominent roles, including Clara and the Rose Queen in “The Nutcracker.”

Aurora’s father and mother, the King and Queen, will be portrayed by Phil Masterton of Rockford and Rachael Kollins-Merchut of DeKalb, a BFDC alumnus who now serves as an instructor at the dance school.

The cast will feature many other company dancers in various roles, as well as students from the Beth Fowler School of Dance in children’s roles.

Tickets cost $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Children age 3 and under get in free. All tickets are reserved seating. Every child’s ticket includes an invitation to meet Princess Aurora onstage after the show, where photos may be taken.

Tickets are available online at www.EgyptianTheatre.org, by phone through the Egyptian Theatre box office at 815-758-1225 or at the door one hour before performances.