Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company to bring beloved fairy tale to life in "The Sleeping Beauty"

Students will introduce the stunning ballet to new audiences in northern and central Michigan.

With handmade costumes, original choreography, and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company’s production of The Sleeping Beauty will delight audiences across Michigan this winter.

Performances will take place Feb. 13-15 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, with a special daytime performance on Thursday, Feb. 13 for nearly 1,000 fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh graders from local schools. On Saturday, Feb. 15, a free performance will take place at 2 p.m. as part of Winterlochen, Interlochen’s family-friendly festival featuring arts exploration and creative fun for children of all ages. The production will travel to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor on Feb. 28, with a matinee performance for Petoskey area sixth graders, and to Midland Center for the Arts on April 24.

Based on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a princess doomed to a 100-year slumber. A century later, Prince Florimund dreams of the sleeping princess and embarks on a quest to save her from the evil fairy, Carabosse.

Director of Dance Joseph Morrissey’s breathtaking production features intricate, hand-stitched costumes, captivating scenic design, and choreography inspired by Marius Petipa’s 1890 production. The Arts Academy Orchestra will provide live accompaniment for all performances at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

“I’m thrilled to bring The Sleeping Beauty to the stage in Interlochen and neighboring communities,” Morrissey said. “It’s a gorgeous ballet that captures the timeless story of good versus evil. It’s a delight for the audience and a wonderful way for our dancers to gain experience rehearsing, staging, and touring a full-length ballet.”

Interlochen staff created a guide for teachers who will be preparing students for the free performances of The Sleeping Beauty that will take place in Interlochen and Bay Harbor, with insights on the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the production.

Performances are Feb. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Tickets for the Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 shows at Interlochen are $32 for adults and $15 for children; tickets for the Great Lakes Center for the Arts performance start at $15. The Feb. 15 performance at Interlochen is free.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Interlochen Box Office at 800.681.5920. Tickets for the Bay Harbor performance can be purchased at by calling the box office at 231.439.2610.

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