Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms. We respond to stories, we imagine ourselves inside them and when a special story comes our way, we hold onto it and want to hear it over and over. And there is always something a little different each time the tale is retold. Sleeping Beauty is one of those old stories, a fairy tale passed down by word of mouth for hundreds of years. We all know the basics of the story: a princess, fairies – good and evil, magic spells, the spindle, the prince and the kiss, with the underlying universal themes of fear, joy and struggle.
Now the classic fairy tale is told once again in David Gonzalez’s innovative and poetic presentation. An entertaining narrator, poet, actor and musician, and recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
for Sustained Excellence from International Performing Arts for Youth, Gonzalez brings a rich background to the stage. Inspired by the unlikely combination of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Dr. Seuss, he describes his Sleeping Beauty as “poetical theatre” where “the word meets the pulse, the pulse meets the music, the music meets the image, and it all meets the child.” In this interactive show for children of all ages, Gonzalez incorporates quirky, rhymed verse, live music, projected images, and the most extraordinary device of all—our imaginations, to create a world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss...or not!
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