Sleeping Beauty casts a spell, largely on the powers of two women: Deb G. Girdler, the most reliable villainess in the kingdom (she was the Queen of Hearts last season), who hits an even wider range of evil and hilarious notes here as the avenging fairy Wisteria (pictured); and talented CCM student Alaina Mills, making her ETC debut as the princess Briar Rose.
In this botanically themed retelling, it’s a thorn, not a spindle, that puts Briar Rose out of commission.
And yes, a new non-Elvis prince (newcomer Will Selnick, appealing in both guises) arrives just in time to riddle-solve and aria his way to her salvation.
The kiss that unites the pair in wakefulness is one of several surprises that make this re-imagined, well-cultivated Sleeping Beauty almost as satisfying for adults as it is for the Disney Princess set.
Through Jan. 3. Read a full review and get showtimes and tickets here.