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Sleeping Beauty Dreams

L to R Shizuka Kai with Octavia,  Brent Hirose with Mateo,  Randi Edmundson with Sleeping Beauty, Linda Carson with Queen, Timothy Gosley with King. Photo by Emily Cooper

Sleeping Beauty Dreams

Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
February 10, 2018 at 2pm

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Arts Kids and Family



Presented by:

Surrey Civic Theatres with Surrey International Children's Festival

Enjoy face-time with the kids, old school style!

Once upon a time, there was a puppet company in Mexico named Marionetas de la Esquina that wanted to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty in a whole new way. No witches…no spinning wheels...but with the same king and queen, and an adventurous daughter who wants to explore the world outside the castle walls. Was it possible? Keep reading and check out the videos.

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About the story

Sleeping Beauty Dreams—written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva—begins with a mom and dad telling their young son a bedtime story, which turns out to be the story of their lives, before and after they met. And what a story it is!

There was a queen who wanted to have a baby more than anything else in the world. One day, a magical frog appeared and granted the queen her wish. But due to a series of unfortunate events, the frog put a curse on the baby princess and told her parents that if she ever pricked her finger, she'd fall asleep for many years. The king and queen decided that Sleeping Beauty must stay in the castle—forever!

As the years went by, Sleeping Beauty became curious about the world outside the castle walls. At the same time, a boy named Mateo is planning to sneak inside the castle so he can spend more time with his mother, Octavia, who works long hours for the queen. When Mateo and Sleeping Beauty meet for the first time, it's the start of their adventures. On their journey of self-discovery, they bravely face their fears and develop confidence to make some of their own decisions.

“In reimagining this classic fairytale through the humour and honesty of puppetry, we see the princess trying to break free of her castle walls to find her true self,” says Marionetas de la Esquina Master Puppeteer Lourdes Pérez Gay and Co-Director of Sleeping Beauty Dreams. “In essence, this is a fresh coming of age story.”

The characters wear traditional clothing and the stage has the look and feel of any Mexican city, so keep an eye out for the sights, sounds, and bright colors of Mexico

About this production

This production is a collaboration between Presentation House Theatre and Marionetas de la Esquina. Marionetas de la Esquina is known internationally for its inventive puppetry, and their team travelled from Mexico to Vancouver to train and mentor a local cast to perform the show in English.

This performance showcases Victoria-based Timothy Gosley, one of Canada’s most renowned puppeteers. Gosley, who worked with Jim Henson on Fraggle Rock and whose puppetry has been featured extensively in film and television, is returning to the theatre specifically for the opportunity to work with Lourdes Pérez Gay. The local ensemble cast also includes actor and puppeteer Randi Edmundson; Jessie Award-winning actor and playwright Linda Carson; actor and improviser Brent Hirose; and multi-talented actor, set-designer, and Studio 58 graduate Shizuka Kai.

Lots more about Sleeping Beauty Dreams

Enjoy this performance guide with your little ones before the show. You'll see photos and illustrations plus you can read about the puppets, the people who create them, and ideas for activities.


Stay in the theatre after the show for a 5 minute chat with the performers.

Suggested ages: 5 and up

Running time: approximately 55 minutes, no intermission

The puppets are doing a warm-up to music before starting rehearsal. Take a look!

Meet the characters in Sleeping Beauty Dreams