Sleeping Beauty

CINCINNATI:  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s world-premiere production of SLEEPING BEAUTY wakes up the Taft Theatre April 27-May 6, 2019.

A clever take on the classic fairy tale, this new rock musical comedy is packed with humor, heart and a powerful message!

The impulsive but courageous Princess Aurora (who prefers “Rory”) doesn’t quite fit in with the other princesses in ‘Princess School.’  After meeting her prince by kissing a frog (because how else do you meet guys in Princess School) Rory sets out on her own to discover all the Kingdom has to offer. Along the way, she encounters her evil Fairy Godmother, the Magnificent Magnilda, who placed a curse on Rory when she was a child, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. This sleeping beauty will awaken only with a kiss from her prince. Once she is fully awake and ready to rock, the feisty Princess Rory begins a whirlwind quest to save her Princess Schoolmates: Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, the Snow Queen and Rapunzel, and defeat Magnilda.

Story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn and lyrics by Christine Jones.  The show will be directed by Ken Jones and choreographed by Eric Byrd.  In addition, Kevin Frisch and the Frisch Marionette Company are designing at 20-foot dragon appearing in the production.

The creators of Sleeping Beauty previously wrote TCT’s 2016 production of Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs, and TCT’s 2013 holiday production of The Day Before Christmas as well as other successful shows including:  Burgertown, CHURCH GIRLS, and A. LINCOLN: A Pioneer Tale.

Showtimes for SLEEPING BEAUTY include:

Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)

Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM and 5 PM

Friday, May 3 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM and 5 PM

Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including SLEEPING BEAUTY, are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and

School performances of SLEEPING BEAUTY will be held April 30-May 3 and May 6, 2019 during the daytime hours.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school performances, visit

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of SLEEPING BEAUTY is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor P&G; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.


Narrator/Bishop…Brandon Bentley

Ensemble…Evan Blust

Ensemble…Cammi Caldwell

Grinhilda, Little Mermaid…Jordan Collins

Trinhilda, Cinderella…Lauren Everett

Prince Phillip …George Ivan

Ensemble…Alyssa Johnson

Prince Christopher…Sam Johnson

Prince Edward…A. James Jones

Prince Charming…Evan Koons

Prince William…Matt Krieg

Ensemble…Kevin Lausche

Ensemble…Caleb McKenzie

Prinhilda, Snow Queen…Ashley Morton

Ensemble…Claire Northcut

Brinhilda, Snow White…Mikayla Renfrow

Queen Genevieve …Ella Rivera

Ensemble…Kara Scullin

King Charles, Prince Frederick…Spenser Smith

Drinhilda, Rapunzel…Renee Stoltzfus

Aurora…Jenna VanWeelden

Magnilda the Magnificent…Michelle Wells