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‘Sleeping Beauty’ hits the stage to close Blinn’s Family Series at the O’Donnell

A classic fairy tale is brought to life with a rhymed-verse storytelling spin

August 7, 2018

‘Sleeping Beauty’ hits the stage to close Blinn’s Family Series at the O’Donnell

The Blinn College District will wrap up its Family Series with the classic story “Sleeping Beauty” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

“Sleeping Beauty” brings the classic fairy tale to life with a rhymed-verse storytelling spin. The performance includes live music such as Bach’s “Goldberg Variation,” and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which the beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss … or not. Pulsing with majestic language and high art, this production is scaled to perfection for young audiences and creates a spell of imaginative wonder that brings cheers to the theatre.

The New York Times has praised performer David Gonzalez for his performance, noting that “with speech, sound, mime, dance, and above all, inspired imagination, Mr. Gonzalez has the gift of creating magical worlds and drawing his audience into them. A palpable delight.”

Tickets are $5 for children and $20 for adults, with a $5 adult ticket discount for season subscribers. Tickets are available for general admission purchase at, and seating will begin 30 minutes prior to the performance.

The performance will be complemented by a reading challenge that encourages children to read during the summer. Children are invited to read five books and enter their name in a drawing to win a Barnes & Noble Nook and gift cards from The Book Nook at the performance. Entry forms can be found at

The Family Series is made possible through Wells Fargo Bank’s The Rea Charitable Trust Grant and is sponsored by the Blinn Bookstore.