Milwaukee Ballet Kicks Off Season with Tchaikovsky's Enchanting Fairytale The Sleeping Beauty

Magical ballet will captivate audiences at the Marcus Center from October 23-26

MILWAUKEE - September 24, 2008 -Milwaukee Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty brings the classic fairytale to life this fall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, October 23 - 26, 2008. This classical ballet featuring Tchaikovsky's magnificent score performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and original choreography by Artistic Director Michael Pink blends beautiful divertissements with spellbinding music to captivate and delight families and audiences of all ages.

Audiences will be transported to a magical kingdom where a beautiful princess is cursed to prick her finger and succumb to eternal sleep, waking only by a kiss from her handsome prince. As with the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, children from Milwaukee Ballet School will dance in this performance.

A favorite in the ballet repertoire, The Sleeping Beauty is based on French author Charles Perrault's story of Princess Aurora, a tale full of fairies, an evil witch and magic spells. At its core, the story is a struggle between good and evil, which are best represented by the benevolent Lilac Fairy and the wicked witch, Carabosse. The Sleeping Beauty is one of only three classical ballet scores composed by Tchaikovsky, who also arranged Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

The Sleeping Beauty runs October 23-26, 2008 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets to the performance start at $22. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org. The Sleeping Beauty is sponsored by Assurant Health.

Family Package Subscriptions

Grow your passion for dance and become a subscriber to Milwaukee Ballet. This year, Milwaukee Ballet is offering a new, flexible Family subscription package that includes tickets to The Nutcracker and your choice of two additional shows for your family to enjoy: The Sleeping Beauty, Fancy Free, Genesis, or Live and Kicking.

Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

Note to Editors: Interviews with Milwaukee Ballet's Artistic Director Michael Pink and high-resolution images are available upon request.