Sleeping Beauty at Brooklyn
by Andrew Shilling
Feb 28, 2013 | 16116 views | 0 0 comments | 411 411 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Beauty was born, a disappointed fairy witch cast a dark spell over the land, sending its people into a deep, 100-year sleep.

The iconic story of Sleeping Beauty has been told around the world since the late 17th Century, however it will get a contemporary musical twist in this presentation for kids and their families at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) at 2900 Campus Rd. near Flatbush Avenue.

With a number of literary-based activities, the 42-year-running American Family Theater’s presentation of the legendary fairy tale next Saturday, March 10, is designed to develop reading and writing skills for young children, and structured to encourage family interaction and discussion.

“It’s an entertaining experience for the whole family, and as it’s exciting for the kids, but the adults love it too,” said Laurie Wagman, president of the American Family Theater. “The older ones who come all want to become performers.”

From the vision of David Leidholdt, the theater’s artistic director, along with music from Steve Liebman, the play comes as part of the group’s Target Storybook Series program, aiming to entertain and teach children, ages four through eight.

Everyone at the show is encouraged to join the fun as well as learn with useful reading tips and a post-performance dialogue to help better understand the storyline.

“We have several songs where the audience is invited to participate, and they do,” she enthusiastically explained. “With the help of a guide to cue the children in, it’s almost as if they were rehearsed.”

Following the show, Wagman says she is always surprised by the amount of feedback they receive from the guests.

“We had nine-foot-piles of letters, pictures, photographs and videos,” she said of their response from children at previous performances. “I guess that’s just the magic of theater.”

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