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Sleeping Beauty

When: May 15-17, 8 p.m. and May 17-18, 2 p.m. 2014

Popular variants by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney have made the story of the spindle-pricked princess who can only be awakened by the love of a handsome prince one of the most widely known fairytales ever. And Tchaikovsky, with Marius Petipa, turned it into a household-name ballet, which closes out the Carolina Ballet's 16th season. Director Robert Weiss based his choreography on Petipa's but created a larger role for the evil fairy and added a Paperhand Puppet Intervention dragon for his Prince to slay. Though this is the third time the company has staged its Sleeping Beauty, it's the first with live music, courtesy of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Depending on which show you see, Margaret Severin-Hansen or Jan Burkhard, who was excellent in Weiss' Vivaldi's Four Seasons, will dance the role of Princess Aurora. Don't sleep on this beauty, which only runs through May 18. —Brian Howe

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