Sleeping Beauty panto coming to Queen's Park

When a prince stumbles across a castle in Queen’s Park that nobody else can see, an old man tells him the story of how an evil fairy put a curse on a princess 116 years ago.

That’s the beginning of the Vagabond Players’ new comedic, interactive adventure – a brand-new, fun-for-all-ages, non-traditional pantomime.

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Sleeping Beauty, by Alex Ross and Jeremy Heynen, is onstage Nov. 23 to Dec. 17 at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park.

Theresa Cowley stars as the sleeping princess, and Faith Hurd is the prince who comes to break the spell and awaken her.

Maegan Eastwood as Mother Fairy and Denise Brookson as Magnificent represent the forces of good and evil, and the king and queen are played by Jean-Francois Thivierge and Roger Monk.

The cast is rounded out by Jennifer Misera as the old man, Elizabeth Irving as Concord, Mike Parker as Rumpelstiltskin and a troupe of highly original fairies played by Delaney Gilmour, Anisha Thivierge, Frederique Roussel, Vivian Davidson and Janessa Thivierge.

Directed by Bev Pride and Elizabeth Drummond, Sleeping Beauty is Vagabond Players’ first pantomime since 1987.

“With sumptuous sets, gorgeous costumes, a little bit of magic and loads of audience participation, this charming show will keep you and your whole family laughing and singing through the holiday season,” a press release says.

It’s on Nov. 23 to Dec. 17, Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on Nov. 23 and 24. Purchase tickets at www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets, or call 604-521-0412.

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