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The Legend of Sleeping Beauty
The Legend of Sleeping Beauty
Book and lyrics by Thomas W. Rieser. Music and lyrics by Alan W. Gill. Additional music and lyrics by Laura Derocher. Based on the Grimms' fairy tale of Briar Rose.

Cast: 13m., 15w., with doubling, plus 3 either gender and extras if desired. When the new princess is born, the court is excited that this is the child who will save them all from the evil force that threatens to vanquish the kingdom. The king asks his three favorite aunts to be godmothers to his daughter, Elise. A fourth aunt, Malicia, who has harassed the king's family for years, shows up uninvited at the christening, causing a scene which ends with deadly curses. To protect the child, the three kindly godmothers take Elise to live in a secluded forest cottage until after her 16th birthday when the curse will expire. It is then that the princess and her protectors leave the safety of the forest and proceed to the king's castle, but it's a day too early to avoid the curse! The crazed and powerful Malicia arrives at the castle, making demands and threats, knowing that the time is right for fulfillment of the curse. Prince Michael, who is in love with Elise, also arrives at the castle, where his newfound love has fallen victim to Malicia's curse and is sleeping in an isolated tower. In his search for Elise, Michael confronts Malicia, overcomes her curses, and finds his dear Elise. Michael awakens Elise, proclaims his love, and together they triumph over the curse and fulfill the legend. Minimal set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

An optional accompaniment CD is available for use with this show. See Rental Info for details.

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Are You The Hope?
Will She Remember?
We Do What We Want
Bright and Shining

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  LE3
Cast Size:  31
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  82
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.50
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583425446
Publication Date: 09/14/2007
Alan W. Gill, with a degree in physics and mathematics, is not your usual suspect for writing music and developing musicals. However, his passion was always in the performing arts, even while working as a software consultant and systems analyst. He has appeared in and directed many professional and amateur theatre productions in the Chicago area and was the resident ...More
Thomas Rieser began his professional writing career with interactive murder mysteries for adults and puzzle-solving one acts for general audiences. The participatory mysteries have been in production since 1991. He has also written various liturgical one acts and monologues, which have been performed at churches in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. The Legend of Sleeping Beauty is Rieser's first book ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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