- $16 for one ticket to Sleeping Beauty (up to $25 value)
- When: Saturday, May 2, at noon or 5 p.m., or Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
- Seating: rear balcony
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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Written by Tchaikovsky in 1889, Sleeping Beauty has stood as one of ballet’s most beloved pieces since its glowing debut at St. Petersburg’s Imperial Maryinsky Theatre. The traditional tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years by a malevolent fairy comes alive with choreography adapted from legendary ballet master Marius Petipa, whose powerful and technically dazzling choreography has remained the standard for more than a century. Notable moments include the third act wedding between the awoken princess and her valiant suitor, featuring dances by such fairytale stalwarts as Puss-in-Boots, Little Red Riding-Hood, and Cinderella.
Written with fervor after the lukewarm reception of his Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s score is best known for its use in Walt Disney’s 1958 adaptation of the tale. Taking full advantage of his evocative melodic powers, Tchaikovsky opens the ballet with a thunderous introduction that features whirling strings blasting in syncopated rhythms while trumpet fanfares blare through the auditorium, letting monarchs waiting in the wings know it’s time to take their seat. Finally, the explosive energy gives way to tinkling harp and a delicate woodwind melody that segues into the show’s idyllic beginning.
Non-profit organization Brandywine Ballet operates on a series-based season, presenting fall, winter, and spring productions supplemented by various summer and festival engagements. A traditional season includes productions of full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker and Dracula, as well as works from current company repertoire. During the summer, both the Theatre and Company undertake various community engagements at such outdoor venues as Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre and Media’s Rose Tree Park. Additional special engagements have included performances at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia and collaborations with the Kennett Square Symphony and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. The company is committed to affordable arts education & outreach, providing significantly discounted tickets to more than 1,500 students from as many as 20 different area schools each year, as well as several senior communities and underserved population groups.