PWLMS offers two-act play tonight |

PWLMS offers two-act play tonight

by Don Baumann

The legend of Sleeping Beauty will be told through the magic of a two-act play this weekend on the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School stage.

The students of the school will be presenting “Beauty of the Dreaming Wood” tonight at 7 p.m. in the PWLMS cafetorium. A special 3 p.m. matinee will also be performed.

The leading roles in the drama have been double cast.

The play begins at the christening of Princess Beauty. The King (Ryan West) and Queen (Amie Miller, Tracey Tierney) have invited five of the princess’ fairy godmothers to the occasion. However, a sixth remains uninvited, the wicked fairy Satania (Becca Baumruck, Lauren Clark).

The troupe of fairy godmothers (Miranda Carr, Bethany Teveldahl, Jessica Sweet, Sonya Gahn, Nicole Silveira, Jessica Ebel-Wheat, Danielle Paniagua) arrive at the christening and present the infant with their gifts: laughter, love of music and many others. At the height of the festivities, Satania bursts in and gives the baby her fateful gift – on her 16th birthday, Beauty will pierce her hand with a spindle and die.

However, one fairy, a hapless young thing named McGee (Rachel Robison, Lucaya Luckey), has yet to present her gift. McGee changes Satania’s gift of death to one of sleep.

The next scene moves the audience forward in time to Princess Beauty’s 16th birthday ball, where the inevitable conflict with the wicked fairy is played out. The final scene takes place within Beauty’s dream, where she faces her fear of Satania – and of growing up. From her dream, Beauty (Summer Carter, Carina Whitcomb) calls to Prince Honore (Drew Hedwall), who comes to her rescue and fights the last battle of the famous fairy tale.

Other cast members include Jenna Baron, Adam Fluke, Amanda Hallstein, Stacey Hoogestraat, Christina Keegan, Cody McChesney, Amanda Ramirez, Allison Rosingus, Bryan Stiehler, Liz Tonkinson and Keyna Vandervoort.

Students run all technical aspects of the play. Alia Macquelin serves as stage manager, and April Crandall oversees sound effects. Lindsey DeBlose manages makeup, and David Stewart runs the lights.

Cheryl Moore, who has directed costumes for a multitude of Douglas County musicals and plays, has expertly outfitted this production.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students, children and senior citizens; tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will help benefit the musical theater production to be performed next year by students of PWLMS, Douglas High and Carson Valley Middle School.

The play, adapted for the stage from the Grimm’s fairy tale by Marian Jonson, retells a legend that has its own distinctive versions from Germany, France, Russia, Sweden, Italy, even Chile and the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. Music from many classical composers, including Tzaichovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Waltz,” is featured in the play.