We all are very familiar with the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The story takes on a whole new look as the musical "Sleeping Beauty" is performed on the stage of the Treasure Village Family Playhouse.
A cast of six talented high schoolers have brought much merriment and mirth to the classic tale. (As a point of information, five of the six cast members are children of Treasure Village actors from the past.)
Kudos to Carter Lambert! He helped write original music and portrayed King Hambly with a child-like innocence that was hilarious. King Hambly never really grew up mentally. He passed on some of that winsomeness to his daughter, Princess Melody. Carter sings, acts and dances his way all around the stage with his rubber ducky and you just can't help but laugh and laugh and laugh.
Maddison Lambert drew the role of Ellie the Fairy Godmother whose hopeless task is to try to keep the king on his royal duties while taking care of the Princess who is going to turn 18. Maddison does a fine job of holding everything and everyone on task.
Lexi Duffy portrayed Afireal the Sorceress and villain of the story. Duffy was appropriately nasty and her singing was outstanding. Even though we didn’t want to like her, we loved to hear her sing.
Princess Melody was portrayed by Laura Clark. She was appropriately naïve and charming. You couldn’t help wanting to protect her from the wicked sorceress.
Liam Knudtson played Will, the dashing and warm stable boy who falls in love with the princess. He sings very well and did a great job with his role. His duet with the princess was extremely well done by both and a joy to hear.
Opening day was the first time I had seen Aubry Knudtson on stage. She was actually playing Iggy the servant whom we all thought was a boy. I enjoyed her performance as well as her clear, well-projected speaking manner.
The costumes were colorful and very appropriate to the story. The set was cleverly created and really enhanced the production.
The children loved watching the story unfold and the adults kept laughing at the jokes that were above the youngters’ understanding.
The musical "Sleeping Beauty" will be performed Tuesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 15.