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Denver Children’s Theatre: Sleeping Beauty

Professional adult actors performing for our favorite creative bunch–kids! Come one, come all to the most delightful event in town: Denver Children’s Theatre.

Since 1997, the Denver Children’s Theatre (DCT) has been wowing audiences with their delightful productions. Now in its 21st season, the Denver Children’s Theatre is touted as one of the best in the area, performing for both school groups during the week, as well as on Sundays so the whole family can enjoy!

We are pleased to offer a professional theatre environment filled with state-of-the-art equipment, sets, costumes, and stage combat; therefore, we love to encourage a polite and enthusiastic audience who’s ready for all DCT has to offer.

As a part of our magnificent field trip experiences, we are pleased to offer our Encore! Program to schools who choose to book with us. After the curtain closes, we feel most of our young audience goers are filled with curiosity about how exactly our DCT shows are produced–and this is where Encore! steps in. Encore! allows students to meet the actors, engage in discussion, take a backstage tour, and more in order to fully round-out the child’s theatre-going experience. It’s all part of the magic that is DCT.

So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets or book a field trip today!

Role of the Audience

Theatre is different than TV, the circus or sporting events!
The performers are live, and the performance is a unique ‘one-time’ only event that can never be exactly duplicated. Unlike entertainment on film, television, or the computer, the energy of the audience can either enhance or detract from the quality of the performance. Actors give their best performances for the best audiences because they are fueled by the active connection between good listeners and storytellers.

  • We encourage laughing and clapping at appropriate places in the show.
  • We remind our audience to turn off all digital devices. Please refrain from text messaging during the show.
  • As a courtesy to other theatergoers, we ask that teachers or guardians escort children who are crying, talking excessively, or otherwise behaving inappropriately into the lobby until they are ready to return to the theatre.
  • No food or drink is allowed in theatre.
  • The taking of any photographs (flash or non-flash) and the use of recording equipment are strictly prohibited.

Dates & Times

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Awaken to a world of wonder

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About Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty By Charles Way

Briar Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) is an independent, headstrong, and in-your-face princess. Her best friend, Gryff, a smart-aleck half-dragon, is her constant companion until Prince Owain begins to compete for her friendship. Owain comes with standard princely features–minus bravery, talent, and competence. But there is more brewing in the kingdom. Branwen, the Good Witch, and her sister, the evil Modron, are trying to out-spell each other and Briar Rose is caught in the middle! When Briar Rose pricks her finger and goes to sleep, Owain and Gryff join forces on a funny, adventurous quest to save her, battling troublesome fairy-folk and a riddling Spider King.

"This was one of my favorite field trips that I have taken in the past 20+ years of teaching. I hope that we can come again next year."


Mortensen Elementary

Meet the Actors

Meet the talented actors of the Denver Children’s Theatre production of Sleeping Beauty! Our shows feature the finest professional actors in the region and we are honored to have them in our productions. All DCT actors are committed to bringing the joy of storytelling through theatre to the next generation. Get to know our DCT actors and prepare to see them light up the stage.

Ilasiea Gray

Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)

Ilasiea Gray (Briar Rose) is excited to make her return to the Denver Children’s Theatre stage as Princess Briar Rose.  She was seen here last spring in the production of the The Jungle Book.  Ilasiea holds a BFA in Theatre, Film & Television, and she especially loves performing for/working with kids.  She has done many productions for children and school tours including with Kaiser Permanente’s Theatre Education program. When not performing Ilasiea can be found teaching – she directs children’s theatre, coaches child actors, and is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to kids, she also enjoys educational performance for adults and is a role-play actor for law enforcement training and a standardized patient actor for medical students. She also has a background as a Casting Associate.  Her latest production was Detroit ’67 with Curious Theatre Company where she also tours the show Black. With a Capital B.  Other theatre company credits include: Aurora Fox, DCPA, Vintage Theatre, Inspire Creative and CRTC.  She would like to thank you all for coming to play!

Austin Lazek

Prince Owain

Austin Lazek (Prince Owain) hails from Tennessee, though his origin story is a windy one. He studied film production and theater at the University of Miami, and has lived in Denver since 2015. Past local credits include The Tempest with Foothills Theatre Co, Beau Jest with Cherry Creek Theater, and he is currently preparing for two one-act plays opening in April with And Toto Too Theatre Co. This is his first show with DCT and he is very excited to bring a classic fairy tale to new life. When he isn’t pretending to be someone else, he is driving his Jeep on crazy-long road trips, rating movies on a two-star scale, and teaching all over Colorado. He would like to thank his roommates for their endless support – of both the Philadelphia Eagles and his acting pursuits, his terrific cast and crew, and you the audience, for choosing to see this show ~ enjoy!

Damon Guerrasio

King Peredur/Spider King

Damon Guerrasio (King Peredur/Spider King) returns to Denver Children’s Theatre after appearing as the prince in Rumpelstiltskin.  Other children’s theatre credits include Junie B Jones, Charlotte’s Web, Lyle the Crocodile (Arvada Center); The Pied Piper, Robin Hood, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid (Miners Alley Playhouse). Other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever (Arvada Center); Beau Jest, Red Hot and Cole, All My Sons (Cherry Creek Theatre); Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre); The Fantasticks! (Midtown Arts Center); Spamalot, Shrek the Musical (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre); The Music Man, Boeing Boeing, Completely Hollywood Abridged, Evita (Littleton Town Hall Arts Center); Love Child, Minimum Wage, Complete World of Sports Abridged (Avenue Theater). Regional credits: Water by the Spoonful (Off Square Theatre Company), Something’s Afoot (American Southwest Theatre Company). Television: Manhattan (Lionsgate) and From Dusk till Dawn (Miramax).

Maggie Tisdale

Queen Guinevere

Maggie Tisdale (Queen Guinevere) holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts/Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Children’s theatre credits include Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, A Year with Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones, Honk!, Just So, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, How I Became a Pirate (Arvada Center), Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (Town Hall Arts Center), Ramona Quimby (Denver Children’s Theatre) and multiple elementary school tours across Denver and Seattle, Washington. Other credits include Bullets Over Broadway and City of Angels (Vintage Theatre), You on the Moors Now (The Catamounts), Sister Act (Arvada Center and Midtown Arts Center), Into the Woods (Candlelight Dinner Playhouse), Love…Perfect…Change (Nonesuch Theater), The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Cabaret (Ignite Theatre), …Spelling Bee (Backstage Theatre), Cinderella (Town Hall Arts Center) and The Cradle Will Rock (Mizel Arts Center).

Rachel Graham


Rachel Graham (Gryff) is excited to be back with Denver Children’s Theatre! You might remember her as Baloo, Art Dog, Rumpelstiltskin or the Tomato Plant Girl from past performances here at the Mizel. Rachel has a degree in acting, and loves performing in theatre for young audiences. She has also performed with the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts Children’s Theatre program as Fern in Charlotte’s Web, Alexander in Alexander Who’s Not…Going to Move, The Dog in No Dogs Allowed, and many others. To contrast with her daytimes as a Dragon days, Rachel runs her own photography business, RDGPhotography. Rachel could not do what she does without the support of her friends and family, and her fiancé Robert.

Syndee Fullmer


Sydnee Fullmer (Modron) graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with a BFA in Acting. She and her husband relocated to Denver in September and have both loved being a small part of this community. Sydnee has worked professionally with Lyric Repertory Company (Utah), Swine Palace (Louisiana), and Great River Shakespeare Festival (Minnesota). Love to her husband and Melody Rose.

Hannelore Rolfing


Hannelore Rolfing (Branwen) is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance. Her most recent credits include the Illinois Shakespeare Festival where she performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Theatre for Young Audiences production of Sleeping Beauty by Stacey Lane. She also recently participated in the Curious New Voices New Play Festival at Curious Theatre Company here in Denver. She is very excited to be making her debut at the Denver Children’s Theatre as Branwen the Bright Witch.

Castle Set Drawing

Production Design

Building a play takes months of research, discussion, and drawings before the first needle or hammer is lifted. Costume, scenic, properties, and lighting designers meet with the director to discuss concept, color choices, and design elements. The design team will meet for three months before the first rehearsal with actors takes place.

The scenic designer  is charged with creating a set that is visually interesting, captures the time and setting, and allows the actors a variety of levels and ways to choose to tell the story.

The costume designer  will first measure each actor, so a costume can be created specifically to fit them perfectly. As she sketches out ideas, she picks out fabric swatches and pins them to her designs so that the director can see the textures and colors that will show up on stage.

The properties (props) designer  will purchase or make the hand-held objects that are carried or used by the actors to tell the story. In some cases, she will collaborate with the special effects designer or the Technical Director on complicated props.

The special effects designer  for this show is focused on fixing and/or recreating the elaborate masks that will be worn by the fantastical creatures of this story. These masks were first created for a 2008 DCT production of Sleeping Beauty. Due to advances in special effects makeup, we are able to refresh and re-use these beautiful pieces.


Encore! Program

Encore! connects the major themes of the play to the lives and experiences of the children in our audience. The Denver Children’s Theatre Encore! Program illuminates the human experience by igniting curiosity in students about the technical and performance elements of theatre.

The Encore! program provides students with:
  • A talkback with the cast
  • An acting workshop
  • A technical workshop and backstage tour
Program Goals:
  • Offering high-quality performance and technical workshops that are developmentally important
  • Recruiting, training, and retaining teaching artists with professional theatre experience who have a passion for working with youth
  • Providing teachers and youth with excellent communication and customer service
How Encore! Works:

When you choose to add Encore! to your experience for only $2 per student, our Box Office will provide you with a schedule. Workshops are no larger than 30 students per classroom, and if your class is larger, we will ask you to redistribute students into a smaller group. Up to six Encore! programs run per day, so make sure to contact the Box Office for availability. Your students should bring a lunch, but we will provide you with bins to store your lunches during the performance (you are also welcome to bring your own bin if this is easier).

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Education Guide Handouts

Denver Children’s Theatre Presents Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

By Charles Way

Briar Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) is an independent, headstrong, in-your-face princess. Her best friend, Gryff a smart-aleck, half-dragon is her constant companion until Prince Owain begins to compete for her friendship. Owain comes with the standard princely features — minus bravery, talent and competence. But there is more brewing in the kingdom, Branwen, the good witch and her sister the evil Modron are trying to out-spell each other and Briar Rose is caught in the middle. When Briar Rose pricks her finger and goes to sleep, Owain and Gryff join forces on a funny and adventurous quest to save her, battling troublesome fairy-folk and a riddling Spider king.

Professional Actors. Serious Fun for Kids. Live at the MACC.

Since 1997, The Denver Children’s Theatre (DCT) has been wowing audiences with their delightful productions meant for children performed by local professional adult actors. Now in its 21st season, The Denver Children’s Theatre is touted as one of the best in the area, performing for both school groups during the week and on Sundays so that the whole family can enjoy!

Are you an educator? Bring your class! We offer field trips, most enjoyed by Kindergarten and up.

2018 Dates:

March 9-May 5  10:00 am 

March 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30

April  3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19,20,24, 25, 26, 27

May  1, 2, 3, 4

Ticket Price:

$9 per student/parent  (teachers are free!)

Contact the box office today to book your field trip!

  • Educational Merit
  • Encore Program
  • Play Selection
  • Major Awards

Through hands-on educational experiences, the MACC fosters both inquiry and creativity in every child.

All instructors are both accomplished working professional artists and experienced educators. The DCT program features teacher guides prepared by MACC staff that address numerous Colorado Academic Standards. These comprehensive study guides are provided to all teachers to help integrate the theatre experience into the school-day curriculum.

Our Encore program provides an interactive experience enabling expanded and deeper learning opportunities.

The MACC hires educational consultants to evaluate the content and themes of the current play and develop a workshop curriculum specifically tailored to our audiences. The Encore program provides students with a full interactive experience that includes a performance of the play, a talk-back with the cast following the performance, a backstage technical tour, and a theatre workshop based on the production’s themes. The workshops are taught by professional theatre educators who, in many cases, are also actors in the production. This interaction with adult actors and educators provides children with an important reinforcement of the themes and lessons of the play.

The MACC is committed to offering the highest caliber plays to its audiences and spends significant time and expense to this end.

MACC staff regularly attends children’s theatre conferences around the country and networks with leading companies to identify the highest quality scripts available. The high quality of the work at DCT have allowed us to regularly secure the best actors in the region.

The Denver Children’s Theatre is the proud recipient of:

  • Colorado Parent magazine Top 5 Kids Theatre
  • The Henry Award (Colorado’s Tony Award) for “Outstanding Children’s Theatre”
  • “Top Children’s Theatre” award by the Rocky Mountain News