‘Sleeping Beauty’ recreates fairy tale world

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Sutter Street Theatre’s latest offering in the Young People’s Series, “Sleeping Beauty,” is certainly no snoozer. This musical version of the Grimm fairy tale features Alyssa Middleton as the title character, Princess Elaine. Middleton has appeared in 25 area theatrical productions. As Elaine, she shines. Brady Tait puts his vocal pipes to work as Prince Dauntless, singing quite a few numbers. It’s another exemplary performance for the young actor. Following the standard tale, when she turns 16, the princess is to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a deep slumber. Another shining star is Eric Hurst, who fulfills the role of Chester the Jester, your guide through the land of Merricore and the play. Connie Mockenhaupt expertly provides the sound effects and music for the show. Overall the cast of nine did an excellent job. A high point was the prince’s battle with the pint-sized fire-breathing dragon, played by Monique Lonergan. The standout performer has to be Kayla Scott. Her over-the-top performance as Thornberry the Evil Fairy had the packed house on the edge of their seats. “She was scary,” said Parker, my 10-year-old daughter. “She got to yell a lot. I bet they could hear her out on Sutter Street.” Shelby Turley, as the bumbling court magician, was one of my favorites. Jessica Woehler made an outstanding queen while Steve Read rounded out the cast as the king. A special nod goes to Holly Wilson who doubled up as Tipsy the Gypsy and Rosemary the Good Fairy. For families looking to be entertained for an afternoon, I highly recommend this play. Allen Schmeltz has outdone himself again, directing yet another top-notch play at Sutter Street Theatre. Everything from set design and costumes to lighting make this fairy tale one worth watching. Don Chaddock can be reached at KNOW AND GO What: “Sleeping Beauty” Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom When: 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through April 11 Cost: $17 general, $13 children 12 and younger, $15 seniors and SARTA Info: 353-1001, Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)