The story of Sleeping Beauty is a timeless classic fairy tale of good versus evil, encompassing both beauty and magic. Whether from the stage, the orchestra, the ballet, or the screen, the story is told time and time again. Here are four reasons to come see the stunning live performance by the State of Russia Ballet at the beautiful Hershey Theater in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- First, the timeless production of Sleeping Beauty Ballet is world renowned and favored. While its origins are unknown (it was verbally passed down through the ages), it was first published in the 17th century.In 1888, the director of the Imperial Theater in Moscow told the famous composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, that he was going to write a new ballet plot based on the Grimm Brothers’ version of Charles Perrault’s “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood,” and he asked Tchaikovsky to write the music. Tchaikovsky loved the story and composed the music in record time, sketching out three hours of music (his longest ballet) in just 40 days. Tchaikovsky then worked closely with legendary choreographer Marius Petipa to make it perfect. “Sleeping Beauty” premiered on Jan. 15, 1890, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and was adored by audiences and critics alike.
Today, nearly 130 later, the Sleeping Beauty ballet is a favorite and performed all over world! Tchaikovsky’s score is highly esteemed—even being used in Disney’s version of the fairy tale – and the choreography is both demanding and beautiful. In fact, the Rose Adagio that the princess performs in Act I is considered one of the most difficult adagios in any ballet.
When you attend this beautiful production, listen for two melodies: one symbolizes good, for Lilac Fairy, and the other symbolizes evil, for Carabosse. The two melodies repeat whenever the corresponding character is on stage.
- Second, this beloved ballet is performed by the State of Russia Ballet, also world-renowned. Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina, Maya Plissetskaya, the Ballet’s notable history dates to 1870. They are well-known for their precise and traditional approach to the classic ballets, particularly those by Tchaikovsky. Among the company of 50 are many celebrated Russian artists and winners of international ballet competitions, making this performance one of the best you may ever see.
- The third reason to attend this much-anticipated production is the theater in which it will be performed. The Hershey Theatre is a sight to behold, reminiscent of Venetian structures you would find in Italy.Conceived by entrepreneur and philanthropist Milton S. Hershey in the early twentieth century, and built between 1929 and 1933 as part of Mr. Hershey’s “Great Building Campaign” of the Great Depression, the magnificent architecture and workmanship is apparent from the moment you walk through Grand Lobby doors.
Polished Italian lava rock, marble, exquisite arches, a bas-relief ceiling, a stunning “stars-and-clouds” ceiling that’s suspended from the roof, and the 75’ x 44’ stage are just a few of the jaw-dropping features that make this theater such a sight to behold.
- The fourth reason is the opportunity to stay in the warm, comfortable, and hospitable Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast. Located in downtown Carlisle, PA, we are just 40 minutes from the Hershey Theatre. We offer free electric and Tesla vehicle charging stations, private off-street parking, a guest kitchen and sitting room, fax and copy services, free Wi-Fi, private baths, and so much more, including your choice of a hot breakfast or continental breakfast to-go each morning.
Just imagine sitting in your seat in one of the most beautiful theaters, watching one of the most beautiful productions performed by one of the most talented ballet companies around. After the curtain goes down, imagine heading back to the Carlisle House for one of the most restful night’s sleep you’ve ever had! So, contact us today to book your stay and take advantage of all that we offer. You’ll be so glad you did!