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Sleeping Beauty cast has NLR, Sherwood performers

Jeffrey Oakley
Jeffrey Oakley
Nina Sharpley
Nina Sharpley

Jeffrey Oakley of Sherwood and Nina Sharpley of North Little Rock are among the cast members of the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre producting of Sleeping Beauty set for April 25-May 11.

Their roles have them playing in the Court of the production.

“This production is filled with colorful characters brought to life by a talented group of actors in this magical journey,” said Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre artistic director Bradley Anderson. “Share this classic fairytale of love, courage and the triumph of good over evil with the whole family.”

For years, the king and queen have wanted a child. So when their sweet princess is finally born, they invite the entire kingdom with the exception of one bad fairy. What follows is sure to leave audiences of all ages feeling happily ever after. Sleeping Beauty is written by Alan Keith Smith and is based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Other cast members for Sleeping Beauty include: John Isner of Little Rock, as Melon the Fool; Katherine Kuli of Little Rock, as Memory; Mark Hansen of Little Rock as the King; Memory Apata of Little Rock as the Queen; Courtney Bennett of Little Rock as Twelfth Fairy; Paige Carpenterof Lonsdale, as the Thirteenth Fairy; Veronica Lowry of Charlottesville, Va., as Rose and Jeremy Matthey, of Little Rock as The Prince.

Those with minor roles include Ben Fish of Little Rock, Timothy Rhodes of Cincinnati; Kate Kelly of Little Rock, and Diondre Wright of Little Rock are in the Court

Bradley D. Anderson is the artistic director and director for the production. Musical direction by Lori Isner, costume design by Nikki Webster, technical direction by Drew Posey, lighting design by Penelope Poppers, scenic design by Mary Alyce Hare, properties by Miranda Young and Sarah Gasser is the stage manager.

Guests are also invited to experience a night full of merriment and magic at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre Sleeping Beauty Ball on Saturday, May 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. Admission to the event is $20.

For more information, visit arkansasartscenter.org or call 372-4000. Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is located at 9th and Commerce Street in Little Rock.

General Admission tickets are $12.50 for children and adults and $10 for AAC members.

Performance times are as follows: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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