We have been looking forward to this show for months now. Every since we first saw The Nutcracker back in 2014 I’ve been in love with the ballet. Since then we’ve seen Peter Pan, Spring Works and even a collaboration between the Opera, CLT Ballet and Charlotte Symphony for Romeo & Juliet.
Before we go to a show, we always like to start things off with a nice meal. It really adds to the experience, and since we’ve mostly been going to matinee’s these days, Halcyon has been our restaurant of choice. It’s located directly across from the Knights Theater in the Mint Museum Uptown.
Plus, if you find yourself with some time to burn after your meal, you can pop downstairs to the Mint Museum’s gift shop, or grab a drink or snack from the Starbucks that’s just along the corridor between the two buildings.
The Sleeping Beauty Story…
The King and Queen have invited all the Fairies of the land to the christening of their daughter, Princess Aurora. Carabosse, the Fairy of Jealousy, has been forgotten and in her rage, curses Aurora to die from a prick of the finger. The Lilac Fairy says Aurora will not die but go to sleep, to be awakened after 100 years by a Prince’s kiss.
Sarah Hayes Harkins was mesmerizing in the title role of Sleeping Beauty, and Jaime Dee Clifton was in absolutely enchanting in the role of the Lilac Fairy. In addition to all the talented dancers in this production, I could not say enough about the costumes. Every single one was absolutely stunning and in combination with the choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and the sets, the experience was simply magical.
The program added a bit of comedy in the final act with the White Cat & Puss in Boots played by Candace Ricketts & Michael Matthews as well as introducing a few other characters from well known fairytales.
You can catching an amazing performance of this ballet at the Knights Theater through March 19th.