Welcome to the fourth installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some photos and videos to sweeten the deal.

WHO

Italy’s Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company presents Sleeping Beauty.

Photo provided by Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company

Photo provided by Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company

WHAT

Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company returns to the Festival for a second time following their wildly charming and popular performance of Cinderella in 2010. In this production of Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora’s story is told through the use of 165 meticulously handcrafted marionettes. It is performed in English and accompanied by excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score.

WHERE

Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Phillip Street.

WHEN

Friday, May 22 at 3:00pm & 6:00pm
Saturday, May 23 at 12:00pm & 5:00pm
Sunday, May 24 at 12:00pm & 5:00pm
Monday, May 25 at 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00pm

BUY TICKETS

Special $20 ticket price available for children 12 and under; must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo provided by Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company

Photo provided by Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company

WHY

Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company pride themselves on their unique, handcrafted marionettes, bringing to mind Spoleto Festival USA’s deep connection to craft of the highest artistic caliber. The spectacular marionettes dance around in front of vibrant, hand-painted scenery while decked out in lavish costumes to illustrate the story of Sleeping Beauty. Children wonder as one of the classic fairy tales is brought to life before their eyes while adults reconnect with their childhood and enjoy some cheeky cameo appearances by characters from other stories. Called “. . . simply a gorgeous and glorious spectacle” by The New York Times, this presentation of Sleeping Beauty is not to be missed!

 

 

 

Tickets to Sleeping Beauty and all other Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street).  

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