Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose

Schuster Center

8:00 pm Friday, April 12, 2019

8:00 pm Saturday, April 13, 2019

3:00 pm Sunday, April 14, 2019

TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty

KAREN RUSSO BURKE choreographer
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The classic story of Sleeping Beauty was first performed as a ballet in Russia in 1890, with music from the famed composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story of the beautiful princess, her guardian fairies, the evil spell of the darkened slumber, and the magic kiss has been passed down through generations. The lovely fairy tale has appeared on stage in so many different forms over the last 130 years, depending on the vision of the storyteller at hand.

Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke has her own magical vision of this story, influenced by the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Dayton Ballet presents a classical version of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists of our own. This original presentation of this classic tale is draped lusciously in nature, with settings of whimsical gardens and ominous forests, with fairies named after flowers from which they pull their virtues, and even down to the beautiful name of our leading maiden: Briar Rose. Evil enters in the form of a vulturelike forest villain named Cinereous, and one prick of the finger from a black rose turns sweet Briar Rose into our beloved Sleeping Beauty.

With original libretto and choreography by Karen Russo Burke, unique costumes by well-known dance designer Christine Darch, amazing sets by Lewis Folden, and live music from the impeccable Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose takes the stage by storm to steal your heart away.

YOU CAN HELP BRING SLEEPING BEAUTY TO LIFE!
Productions like Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose are made possible with support from generous donors who support the performing arts in Dayton. To contribute and learn more about underwriting sets and costuming for this enchanting new production, please visit the community page by clicking HERE.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

Act 1 Set: The Garden
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation

Act 2 Set: The Forest
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation

BRIAR ROSE
Jonas and Susan Gruenberg
Soin Family Foundation

ARDEN
Ingrid Brown and Troy Tyner
R. Alan Kimbrough

CINEREOUS
A Friend of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
DPAA Staff:
Paul Helfrich
Tom and Frances Bankston
Dermot and Karen Burke
Peter and Anne Davis
Jeremy and Jennifer Davit in honor of Nina Davit
Jessica Hung
Alex Ignatiou in honor of his son, Bennett Alexander Ignatiou
Ruth Reveal and George Drake Jr.
Amanda and Andrew Spoon
Eric & Etsuko Strohecker
Dennis and Kristen TenWolde
Milena Treer
Cory Wilhite
Margaret Williams
Teri Warwick

COSMOS FAIRY
Walt and Marcia Wood
Ross and Rachel Goodspeed
Thomas and Joan Burkhardt

HUMMINGBIRD FAIRY
Gene Kurtz
Nancy Farkas
Kim Prater

SWEET PEA FAIRY
Robert and Carleen Suttman
Janet and Vernon Fernandes
Daniel Kennedy

IRIS FAIRY
Anonymous
Kathy Burger
Stephanie Dickerson
Janice Russo

LILAC FAIRY
Rick and Sylvia Holley
Joan and Dick DeLon 

CALLA LILY FAIRY
Neal Gittleman and Lisa Fry in memory of Mary Alyce Lincoln Fry

GENERAL DONATIONS TO THIS PERFORMANCE AND THE FUTURE OF THE DPAA
Joshua Adams
Shirley Ark and Frank Winslow
Albert and Susan Asebrook
Tommy Baudendistel
Angela Brown
Bryan and Susan Daly
Kay Davis
Megan Forney
Caroline George
Ellen and Bruce Holroyd
Bess Imber
Chris Jensen
David Lindsey
Shirley Mell
Parents of the Sprites and Nymphs
Dana Oltmanns
Todd Press
Katherine S. and Matthew T. Reed
Stephen Seboldt
Bill Sibbing
Kathleen M. Turner
Tursia Turner
Carol Warner
Dr. and Mrs. David E. Weeks
Betsy Whitney
Penny Wolff
Ron and Joyce Wolf
Karen Wright

SENSORY-FRIENDLY Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets click HERE.


Masterworks Series sponsored by Premier Health
DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
Artistic underwriting provided by Miriam Rosenthal Foundation
ELM Foundation Leadership Sponsor
Enterprise Roofing Supporting Sponsor
Booz Allen Hamilton Military Appreciation Program Sponsor