2016-02-04 / Living

Spell? Check!

Middle School drama department to perform ‘lighthearted’ adaptation of ‘Sleeping Beauty’
BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Photo by Lania Rocha Photo by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – An enchanting, centuries-old tale of love’s triumph over evil will come to life when the Swartz Creek Middle School drama department presents “The Spell of Sleeping Beauty,” Feb. 5-7 at the Performing Arts Center.

Director Glenn Cooley said the play adheres to some of the classic details of the story, while incorporating some of the contemporary nuances.

“The Disney version takes some license with the original fairy tale,” said Cooley. “The playwright kind of went back to the original story a little bit. Then there is also of course a famous ballet by Tchaikovsky. The story is a blend of all three.”

One of the most notable differences is the presence of six good witches, not three fairy godmothers.

The witches will perform a dance number that middle school student MacKenzie Kelley choreographed to music that Tchaikovsky composed.

“I’m so proud of her (Kelley),” he said. “She’s incredible.”

Another noteworthy difference is that the performance promises to be a more lighthearted version of the tale.

“The characters, especially the evil witch, are played over the top,” said Cooley. “She is evil beyond belief. There is a great deal of comedy in this play. It gives our actors an extra challenge.”

All of the standard elements of the plot are intact, and as the story unfolds, Evilina, the evil witch, curses the Princess Briar Rose, who later falls into a deep sleep.

Teisa Chima will portray Briar Rose, while Kamdyn Hittle will perform as Prince Alexander, and Regina Garland will play Evilina.

“Regina has modeled and acted in small parts in a couple of regional films, so she is a known performer with a lot of experience in different media,” said Cooley.

Garland’s was “dynamite” when she read for the part, he said.

Hittle’s role also will be along the comedic side.

“The prince gets changed into a frog, so he has to jump around on stage andbe very silly,” said Cooley.

Hittle is no stranger to playing wild creatures. He played Aslan in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” last year.

Chima, a veteran performer in both school and community theater, has tackled the challenge of the lead role with great finesse, Cooley noted.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Tickets cost $6 at the door.

Who’s Who
in the enchanted forest

Baroness................................. Alison Jones
Lady Jessica................... Rosella Humphrey
Queen Eleanor....................Alexandra Cross
Quill..................................Christina El Zarka
King Rudolph...................... Brendan Graves
Prime Minister..................... Jasmine Moore
Chef.................................. Samantha Thelan
NurseMaid.........................Clarissa Rushton
Evilina.................................. Regina Garland
Spider........................................ Caleb Kawa
Black Cat.................... Ashley Golembiewski
Queen Samantha................... Autumn Bleau
Baron................................. Kayden Locascio
Blue Witch................................ Taylor Kawa
Green Witch............................ Grace Carney
Red Witch................................. Roune Todd
Orange Witch.................... MacKenzie Kelley
Pink Witch............................Zhanya Vickers
White Witch................................. Rilie Bleau
Seamstress..................................Hope Lane
Princess Briar Rose.................. Teisa Chima
Prince Alexander................... Kamdyn Hittle
Wall of Thorns.................... Evelyn DeLauter
............................................ Delaney Graves
False Princess.............................. Kayli Cole
Dark Knight............................ Hanna Plumb

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