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FAC brings ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ local talent to stage

Posted: February 23, 2012 11:25 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2012 5:00 a.m.

“A storybook perfect performance” will be portrayed when Columbia City Ballet takes to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) stage on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1 with their production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” The production will feature the talents of more than 30 local youth representing three different dance schools in the Camden area. Both performances will be held in the Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and military. “The Sleeping Beauty” is sponsored by Powers Funeral Home.

Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky composed seven operas and several symphonies before he composed The Sleeping Beauty in 1890. With a score that has stood the test of time, The Sleeping Beauty, along with The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s two other full-length masterworks, remains the most frequently performed ballet in the world today.

About the production

The fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty presents a classic tale of good -- represented by the Lilac Fairy -- triumphing over evil -- embodied in the wicked fairy Carabosse. The wicked fairy is left off the guest list for the infant Princess Aurora’s christening, and unbeknownst to the royal family, the fairy Carabosse plots to take her revenge. She interrupts the ceremony to bestow a gift on the baby princess: Aurora shall grow up to be beautiful, but on her 16th birthday she shall prick her finger on a spindle and die. Fortunately, the Lilac Fairy had not given her gift yet, and decrees that the Princess shall not die but will fall asleep for 100 years. The spell is only to be broken with the kiss of true love from a handsome prince.

The Sleeping Beauty captures the grace and technical strength of all the dancers who have the chance to perform it. In Columbia City Ballet’s production, ballerina Regina Willoughby will dance the title role of Aurora with soloist Journy Wilkes-Davis as Prince Charming. Principal dancers Mark Krieger and Kathryn Smoak will dance the technically demanding Blue Bird Pas De Deux. The Lilac Fairy will be portrayed by soloist Claire Kallimanis, while her evil counterpart, Carabosse, will be brought to life by Alexis Doktor and Cooper Rust.

Local performers

More than 30 local children will be participating with Columbia City Ballet dancers in this classic tale including: Isabel Adams, Arden Baker, Ashbee Branham, Emily Boyles, Natalie Breedon, Cindy Brasington, Jennifer Brasington, Bethany Butler, Emily Cantey, Grace Carmen, Crickette Chmiel, Alexi Evans, Cassandra Gibson, Alyson Goodwin, Laken Granger, Noel Granger, Caroline Green, Ellen Green, Sara Hendrix, Olivia Loynes, Natasha Martinez, Mickayla McIntyre, A’Leah Monk, Taylor Perry, Lily Roberts, Sophia Roberts, Kristen Scufca, Emma Sims, Isabell Trapp, Aaliyah Tucker, Noelle Vidrine, Peyton Vidrine, Cameron West and Kimberly Wiseman.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the Columbia City Ballet, call (803) 799-7605 or visit www.columbiacityballet.com.

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