Beauty awakes

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ESK Academy of Dancing are performing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in the Montrose Town Hall this week.

The full ballet, of prologue and three acts, will be performed by the school’s advanced students.

One of the composer’s three ballets, it was first choreographed for the academy 26 years ago by principal Beryl Couper which is the last time it was performed. Since then several of its stars have gone on to pursue successful careers in professional dance and teaching.

Scottish Ballet junior associate Katelyn Bedford will dance the role of Princess Aurora, ably partnered by Kevin Teviotdale as Prince Florimund, a highly experienced advanced student who spent a short time dancing at the London Studio Centre, while Bonnie Blair-Imrie will take on the role of the Lilac Fairy.

The story broadly follows the Brothers Grimm tale of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in which fairies are invited as godmothers to the christening of a princess.

However, as her gift, a wicked fairy who was overlooked, places the princess under an enchantment, saying that, on reaching adulthood, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. One last fairy has yet to give her gift and partially reverses the wicked fairy’s curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years.

The castle is discovered a century later by a prince who falls under the sleeping girl’s spell.

The third act also features a procession of fairy tale characters including Puss in Boots (Claudine Jamieson), White Cat (Cally Robertson), Diamond Fairy (Louise Rae), Silver Fairy (Freya Scott), Gold Fairy (Isla Thomson), Sapphire Fairy (Gabrielle McCormack), Red Riding Hood (Nadia Kramer) and the Wolf (Douglas Wood), Cinderella (Madeleine Ericson) and Prince Fortune (Kyle Robertson).

The performances will be on Friday, October 28, at 7.30pm and at 2.30pm on October 29.

Tickets are available from Montrose Dance Centre in Chapel Street or Hogg’s newsagent on the High Street.