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Union University presents the tale of Sleeping Beauty

JACKSON, Tenn.April 11, 2002 – In need of a good fairy tale? Union University’s Theatre will present A Children’s Show: Sleeping Beauty on Monday, April 22 – Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel. There will also be one night performance open to the public on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

A musical-comedy based on the classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, Union’s play offers a few twists, such as featuring a giant instead of a dragon, and with what has come to be a tradition for Union’s children’s shows - the outcome of the play depends on audience participation.

“It will actually be up to the kids to defeat the witch,” explained David Burke, director of the theatre and associate professor of communication arts.

Used as an educational tool in promoting positive values, study guides were sent out from Burke prior to the show for the students and their teachers to discuss in their classes. Questions that were posed included ‘what does it mean to make-believe?’ and ‘what does it feel like to be scared?’

“This play really focuses on the value of friendship and the need for community,” said Burke. “Students will learn that we can be so much stronger when we work together as a group rather than by ourselves.”

Schools from all over West Tennessee will be attending. They include: Whiteville Elementary, Clarksburg Elementary, Malesus Elementary, East Side Elementary of Chester County, Dyersburg Primary, Jackson Christian School, University School of Jackson, Ripley Elementary, East Chester Elementary in Henderson, Adamsville Elementary and Dyer City Elementary.

The cast is as follows: Miranda Wallace as Sleeping Beauty, Josh Betts as the prince, Ashley Mitchell as Glenda the Bad Witch, Jared Rogers as the Giant, Patrick Meyers as the King, Danielle Thrower as the Queen, and Rebeca Bartos as the mayor.

For ticket information, call the theatre at (731) 661-5105.

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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