The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a specially created production of The Sleeping Beauty for children aged 3 years old and up.
We are invited to opening night and the children are mesmerised by the 50 minute performance.
The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s most-loved story ballets and the family-friendly production is interactive and relaxed while still following the classic story of a sleeping princess.
The costumes are glittering, the ballerinas are lovely and there’s a bit of a panto vibe with the narrator engaging the young audience with ‘magic hands’ and ‘she’s behind you!’ fun.
There are some longer extended dance sequences which I enjoy but I can feel the younger members of the audience getting restless. Also there are times when the narrator is speaking when there’s no music and I feel that a background of Tchaikovsky’s stunning score would help in these moments. The awkward silences pull audiences away from being fully immersed.
Curiously the show also features appearances from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf at the end!
While neither of my children are ‘dance kids’ Lady AB and Baby 2.0 twirl and leap, clod-footed, all the way from the theatre to the carpark. Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty is an easy introduction to the wonders of the ballet – plus an opportunity to don a tutu!
Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty runs in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from December 2017 to January 2018.
13 – 17 December 2017 Arts Centre Melbourne
20 – 29 December 2017 Sydney Opera House
3 – 6 January 2018 The Concourse Chatswood
10 – 11 January 2018 Events Centre Caloundra
13 January 2018 The Arts Centre Gold Coast
16 – 20 January 2018 Brisbane Powerhouse
24 – 25 January 2018 Bunjil Place Narre Warren