Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty | Brisbane January 2018

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty


The Australian Ballet  presents  Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty, The Australian Kids Ballet at The Brisbane Powerhouse, in January 2018.

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty

These Christmas school holidays The Australian Ballet will be presenting The Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, a special ballet with a special audience in mind! The Australian Ballet will be performing a ballet made especially for kids. While it will still have the costumes, music and dancing to the high standard expected from the Australian Ballet, it will also be interactive, include narration and everyone is encouraged to wear their favourite tutu and ballet shoes.

The Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty, sees the story of Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, brought to life, but expect a few twists and turns as this ballet does not exactly follow the story line as told in the popular fairytale of the same name. The Ballet takes place at Aurora’s wedding and follows her Prince through the woods where the audience will meet their friends Cinderella,Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Puss in Boots and Bluebird.

Beautiful dancing, gorgeous sets and stunning costumes are the reason the whole family will love this ballet and we at Brisbane Kids are guessing that this will be the first of many ballets just for kids that The Australian Ballet will perform for years to come. One thing is for sure, after seeing this ballet your Brisbane Kids will be dancing around at home and begging you for ballet lessons!

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty Shows

The Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty will be touring Australia in January and stopping in at The Brisbane Powerhouse in Brisbane so that Brisbane Kids will be able to see the ballet at the following times:

Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

  • Tuesday 16th January @ 11am and 2pm
  • Wednesday 17th January  @ 11am and 2pm
  • Thursday 18th January @ 11am and 2pm
  • Friday 19th January @ 11am, 2pm and 4pm
  • Saturday 20th January @ 11am, 2pm and 4pm

The Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty is 55 minutes in duration and is suitable for little ballet fans of all ages.

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty Ticket Prices

Brisbane Powerhouse

  • $56 per A Reserve ticket
  • $51 per B Reserve ticket
  • $36 per C Reserve ticket

*plus transaction fee of $5.95

Please note that additional booking fees apply to ticket sales and delivery fees may apply. 


For more information on The Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty and to book tickets click here

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty review

Storytime Ballet : The Sleeping Beauty The Review (2016 Performance)

Taking Miss 7 to the ballet is something I have wanted to do for some time. I knew,however, that she would never be able to sit through an entire ballet performance and so we were very excited when The Australian Ballet announced that they would be performing a storytime ballet targeted at kids aged 3 years and over. And the best bit was they were performing Sleeping Beauty which would be the perfect ballet to take any young ballet fan, including mine, along to watch.

As we arrive at the theatre, there are hints in the foyer that this is not your typical ballet. A mirror framed by pink flowers, ballet costumes and book corner is surrounded by little girls, most of them already dressed in tutus and fairy wings, reading, twirling and staring at the beautiful display of costumes before them. On the opposite side there are a number of iPad tablets where Brisbane Kids can colour in pictures of ballerinas. Apart from these fun activities, there are also a number of items available for sale including tiaras, tutus, t-shirts and light up fairy wands that, unbeknownst to the waiting audience, will become part of the show once it begins.

As everyone starts to take their seats, there is lots of chatter about favourite princesses and what colour tutu each princess will wear as the excitement builds. All of a sudden the lights are dimmed and ohhs, ahhs and squeals of excitement fill the theatre as the music starts and the first ballerina dances onto stage.

Although most know the story of Sleeping Beauty, Catalbutte, the King’s Servant, is on hand to narrate the story for the audience. The Ballet follows the traditional storyline where the King and Queen call all the Fairies of the land to the christening of their daughter Aurora. However, Catalbutte forgets to invite one of the fairies, Carabosse, and in retaliation she curses Aurora. Luckily the kind Lilac Fairy steps in and makes sure that instead of dying on her 16th birthday she will sleep for one hundred years.

Simple prop changes and clever use of lighting take the audience on the journey as a brave Prince discovers Aurora’s castle while he is out hunting and finds Aurora inside. After falling instantly head over heels in love with her he kisses the princess breaking the spell and soon after they celebrate their wedding with friends including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. And of course they all live happily ever after.

The Australian Ballet have done an amazing job condensing the ballet into a short 45 minute version perfect for little ballet fans. The surprising star of the show is Catalabutte who while he tells the story engages the audience asking questions and getting help to find the mean fairy. He also calls on the audience to use their magic wands and fingers in order to help wake up the sleeping ballerinas and wish everyone to Aurora’s 16th birthday party. Catalabutte also uses a lot of humour throughout the ballet which appeals to both the adults and kids in the audience and  gives this ballet the feel of an old fashion pantomime.

Of course Aurora dances beautifully in her gorgeous tutu and she will definitely win over all the little ballerinas in the audience. The highlight for my Miss 7 was at the wedding when Aurora, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood took to the stage with the Big Bad Wolf and two handsome princes. The routine was not only full of beautiful costumes, but included lifts, twirls and spins which left the entire audience wanting more.

The Ballet ended to a loud roar of applause and left us hoping that the Australian Ballet will tour next year with another storytime ballet…maybe taking on Cinderella next time who is now Miss 7’s second favourite princess behind Sleeping Beauty!

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