Children’s Theatre to present “The Spell of Sleeping Beauty”

Press Staff Writer

        After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Pemberville Children’s Theatre will present its summer production Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in the historic Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.
        “The Spell of Sleeping Beauty,” presented by a special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Company, will be directed by Rebecca Schmidt of Perrysburg. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday an d2 p.m. Sunday.
        Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 18 and are available at the door, at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St, Pemberville, or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
        Featuring 14 children ages 7-16 from throughout the Northwest Ohio area, the theatre workshop is made possible through the support of the Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund.
        Marlyn played and taught piano for decades in the Pemberville area, and many people came to know of her love of
music. Both Gale and Marlyn enjoyed live performances of all kinds and had a deep love and appreciation for the arts. The Williamsons were pleased to support the restoration of the opera house and enjoyed attending events there. They spent countless hours together at any number of different performances and this fund was established by their family and friends to ensure that music and the arts remains a staple of the community for Pemberville’s children. 
        In “The Spell of Sleeping Beauty,” there is a celebration planned in the kingdom of Never Nod. A princess has been born to the King and Queen. Her name is Briar-Rose. Unfortunately, a nasty witch, Evilina, who lives in Tumbledown Castle with a giant spider for a companion, is not invited. She shows up anyway and pronounces her revenge. At age 16, the princess will cut her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep from which she’ll never awake.
        Some good witches counter the curse by saying the princess can be awakened by the kiss of true love. The King bans all spinning wheels. Evilina is not so easily defeated and, on that fateful birthday, the princess does, indeed, cut her finger on a spinning wheel. It’s up to Prince Alexander to come to Briar-Rose’s rescue — and the court’s too. They’re all asleep. The prince must fight a Wall of Thorns, a False Princess and, most frightening of all — the awesome Dark Knight.
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