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Newington Children's Theatre Company Presents "Sleeping Beauty" for 2009 Tour
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An outstanding cast of young performers takes to the stage – and the road – as the 2009 touring season begins for the Newington Children’s Theatre Company. Their current production, SLEEPING BEAUTY, is a bewitching musical with enough pageantry, romance, swordplay, and magical fun to entertain every member of the family.


Based on the familiar Brothers Grimm fairy tale, this musical adaptation is sure to wake you up on a chilly winter’s day. A delightful treat for elementary school- aged children and their families, SLEEPING BEAUTY’s cast of colorful characters includes the sweet (and drowsy) Briar Rose, a brave Prince, the hilariously twisted Evilina, three Good Witches, a neurotic Chef, dueling Dark Knights, a loveable King and Queen, and more.


“The most exciting thing about the production this year is all the different characters,” says SLEEPING BEAUTY director, Christa Pizzoferrato. “Each actor is working very hard on these defined roles, from their voice to their walk. It’s interesting for me to watch them develop.”


The bright and youthful cast is made of 27 area children ranging in age from 10 to 15. They’ve come together from 14 Connecticut towns: Berlin, Burlington, Cromwell, Farmington, Glastonbury, New Britain, Newington, North Branford, Plantsville, Southington, Wallingford, West Hartford, Willington, and Windsor.


SLEEPING BEAUTY opens with four performances at the company’s Black Box Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. Opening weekend shows are Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 1 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for children, students, and seniors. Special group rates and party packages are available.



After opening weekend, SLEEPING BEAUTY goes on to a three-month tour throughout Greater Hartford and beyond. Currently scheduled dates and locations include:


  • Haddam-Killingworth High School: Wednesday, February 18 at 1 p.m. (during school break)
  • Darien Town Hall: Saturday, February 28 at 3 p.m.
  • Avon High School: Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.
  • Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford: Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • CCSU Torp Theatre, Davidson Hall, New Britain: Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Lewis S. Mills Hill School, Burlington: Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Thornton Wilder Hall, Hamden: Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.


Ticket prices for the tour locations vary by venue.


At the end of the tour, the production returns to Newington for its final performances: Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.


For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Newington Children’s Theatre at 860.666.6282 or visit the company’s website at, or visit the NCTC blog at