Spring Play: Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose
By Max Bush | Directed by Jeremiah Price
This version of the classic story of Sleeping Beauty is based on the tales of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. While hunting a deer in the deep forest, a prince comes upon a young woman sitting among the ruins of an old kingdom. As the young woman tells the prince the story of the abandoned castle, we see the events as they occurred a hundred years earlier. A king and queen long to have a child and heir to the throne, and, aided by Erda, the forest fairy, their wish is granted. For the celebration of Princess Rose’s birth, the king invites a number of fairies, but not Erda. Angered, Erda places a curse on Rose that, on her 16th birthday, Rose will prick her hand on a spindle and fall dead. The other fairies soften the curse by declaring she will simply sleep for a hundred years. The king will not allow Rose to leave the castle walls in fear of her death. As Rose grows into a searching adolescent, her curiosity also grows. She meets Erda, who attempts to help her understand the wider world. On her 16th birthday, Rose pricks her hand and falls into a deep sleep. As she sleeps, she dreams, and her dreams begin to answer her lifelong questions.
Recommended for children in 2nd grade and above.
Showtimes & Tickets
March 7, 2024 | 10:30 a.m.
March 17, 2024 | 2:00 p.m.
March 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.
Psalm Performing Arts Center
5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317
Festival seating | Wheelchair accessible | Doors open for seating half an hour before production