spinning wheelUniversity Players presents a magical holiday production of the classic children’s fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" over the next two weekends at Essex Hall Theatre.

University Players to stage fairy tale

University Players presents a magical holiday production of the classic children’s fairy tale Sleeping Beauty by Rufus Norris, November 21 to 24 and November 27 to December 1, at Essex Hall Theatre.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who was loved by everyone. Well…almost everyone. This gleefully gruesome retelling of the classic fable is from the point of view of the mischievous, flatulent Fairy Goody, a smelly old sprite who casts a spell that sends Beauty into a deep sleep. Expect fairy tale romance, hideous ogres, sinister spells, and a holiday show like no other!

This version of Sleeping Beauty is a refreshing and funny take on the familiar story, and is loosely based upon the original 17th-century fairy tale. Directed by faculty member Brian Taylor, it promises to be a fantastical, audience-friendly show, filled with outstanding stagecraft and live music.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, November 24, a “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance.

For information or tickets, call 519-253-3000, ext. 2808 or visit www.UniversityPlayers.com.

Let’s Talk Theatre

The production of Sleeping Beauty will also mark the first event in this season’s Let’s Talk Theatre, a luncheon-lecture series produced by University Players and Uni-Com. The goal of the series is to provide opportunities to learn more about University Players and its productions.

The three-course lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 24, at Assumption University’s Freed-Orman Centre. Director Brian Taylor will talk about the show and answer questions.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808. The series continues with another luncheon prior to Three Sisters on March 9, 2014. Discounts are available for those buying both lunches together.