‘Enchanted Sleeping Beauty’ casts entertaining spell

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A dazzling treat for all ages, the Nine O’Clock Players’ production of “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty” spreads entertaining cheer with its colorful production work, bouncy songs and fine acting. A musical retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Enchanted Sleeping Beauty brings happy smiles and tapping toes to all who come.

The production reveals how a forgotten invitation to the Bad Witch Evilina (Christina Doren) almost ruins everything for young Princess Briar-Rose (Elin Hampton-Fury) and her tiny kingdom. In her fury at being snubbed, Evilina plots treachery on the princess. Can the Good Witches save the day and bring cheer and happiness to all?

Vera Morris’ book and Bill Francoeur’s music and lyrics combine sultry jazz, folk tunes and delicate waltzes to advance the story, with “The Death of the Party” the show’s highlight.

Director Daniel Smith occasionally breaks the fourth wall to build audience interest, and keeps the show rolling along. His choreography for the Evilina numbers adds nice bite and pizzaz, and accompanist Wayne Moore juices proceedings with fine playing and effects.

Doren brings the show magnetically to life whenever on stage with her sarcastic flair, campy spirit and nasty attitude. Judy Claverie’s expressive face and twinkly eye add a charming touch to the Prime Minister.

Sizzling sound effects, scary lightning and vivid costumes provide detailed atmosphere, giving the show a magical touch.

Enchanted Sleeping Beauty’s eye-popping design and magical story casts an entertaining spell.

The Nine O’Clock Players present “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty” Sundays at 2pm through March 26th, along with an additional performance on Saturday, March 25th at 2pm at 1367 N. St. Andrews Place in Hollywood. Tickets are $15. Call (323) 545-6153 or visit NineOClockPlayers.com.

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