New ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awakens at UH Children’s Theatre Festival

"Sleeping Beauty" has long epitomized the spirit of classic children's stories with its iconic characters, dramatic plot and definitive ‘fairy tale' ending. Now, a brand new version of this timeless tale will entertain audiences of all ages at the 30th annual University of Houston's Children's Theatre Festival (CTF).

"Sleeping Beauty" will make its world premiere at 10:30 a.m., June 11 in UH's Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre.

Written and directed by veteran playwright and author Kate Pogue, this new adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty" remains true to the story that children and parents have come to know and love.

"We are transporting the audience into a picture-perfect fairy tale world," Pogue said. "Medieval costumes, a magical will be everything they expect from ‘Sleeping Beauty' and more."

All children's stories have morals, and Pogue said that the message behind "Sleeping Beauty" is a simple one.

"This has always been more of an escapist story than a moralistic one," she said. "What young audiences learn from this play, however, is that when a brave person steps forward, good can triumph over evil."

Sidney Berger, UH John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance, and Bren Dubay founded CTF in 1978. Since its inception, the festival has commissioned plays from the country's top theater talents. It entertains 25,000 theater-goers annually at the university.

"Children's theater is the art of storytelling revived," Berger said. "When children see these plays, they're inspired to read more and develop an appreciation for the theater."

Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children 14 and younger. Reservations can be made by contacting the Wortham ticket office at 713-743-2929. For more information about the Children's Theatre Festival including show times and dates, visit

WHAT: Children's Theatre Festival: "Sleeping Beauty"
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., June 11 - 13; 16 - 20; 1 p.m., June 11, 17, 18; 2 p.m., June 15
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
in UH's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
University of Houston - Entrance 16
WHO: The University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance