YTW’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will have fairies, fights, fun

Big fairies (Kristin Rokke, Brenna Conrad and Elizabeth Budahn) turn into little fairies playe by Lauren Thiessen, Brianna Cassidy and Gabby Orth

by Bruce Strand

Arts editor

A young cast including some cute little fairies will present “Sleeping Beauty” in 10 performances starting Friday, April 29, at the Little Theatre.

Youth Theatre Workshop director Eileen Bowersox explains:

“In the movie version, they shrank the fairies so they could go through keyholes and things,” said Bowersox. “In our play, the older fairies are replaced with little ones (in some scenes) and they are adorable.”

There’s plenty for boys to like, too, said Bowersox.

“Most of the second act is fighting,” she laughs. “All kinds of fights.”

Emily Bowersox as Aurora surrounded by woodland creatures.

There’s just one adult in the cast: Katie Wolf, 22, who plays the spectacularly creepy villain Maleficent. Wolf will turn into a dragon with the help of special effects guy Dan Wold.

The title role of Sleeping Beauty is played by YTW veteran Emily Bowersox.

The older fairies are played by Kristin Rokke, Brenna Conrad,  Christine Lenneman, Sabrina Dukes, Mary Weathers and Elizabeth Budahn. When they “shrink,” they’re played by Lauren Thiessen, Breanna Cassidy and Gabby Orth.

Carsen Freund of Big Lake, new to the YTW, has the role of Prince Phillip. James Bounds and Josh Malley play the kings. The Flora part is shared by Kristin Rokke and Sara Begin. The Fauna part is shared by Christine Lenneman and Brenna Conrad.

Mathew Nelson has a “hysterical” part, said Bowersox, portraying the prince’s horse. The kicker is that somebody has to play the horse’s butt for action scenes, and the director reports with amusement that many of the kids were eager for the part.


Sleeping Beauty

At Little Theatre, ERHS

Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2 and 6 p.m.


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