Ballet Northwest Presents The Sleeping Beauty, Mother’s Day Weekend


As part of its 51st season, Ballet Northwest (BNW) will present a film of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty this Mother’s Day weekend at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. At-home streaming will also be available.

Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet is the most popular spring production in Ballet Northwest’s repertory, and features a cursed princess, faeries, the royal court, and a prince who awakens a sleeping kingdom. The ballet concludes with Princess Aurora’s wedding with special guests Red Riding Hood, Puss N’ Boots, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel.

Ballet Northwest’s film features professional sets, lavish costumes, and 75 local dancers (from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, and Pierce counties.) Filmed in April at the Washington Center with current health and safety guidelines in place, The Sleeping Beauty heralds the return to the Washington Center for local dancers and audiences.  Only 150 seats will be available for each film showing, in socially distanced groupings of two or four.  (The Washington Center normally seats 987 people.)

“We’re excited for our dancers and audiences to return to the Washington Center in a healthy and safe way.  While we can’t wait for live performances to resume, this will be a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty, strength, and perseverance of our dancers and art form during the pandemic,” said Artistic Directors Ken and Josie Johnson.

Ballet Northwest’s film of The Sleeping Beauty is presented by Capital Heating & Cooling with the support of  Olympia Federal Savings, Dr. Andrew J. Kapust, Kell-Chuck Glass, Nisqually Indian Tribe, City of Olympia, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympic Dermatology, and Employer Resources Northwest. Media sponsors are 94.5 Roxy, Mixx 96.1, and KGY 95.3.

Ballet Northwest will present The Sleeping Beauty Film at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia May 8 through 9, Mother’s Day Weekend 2021. Showings are at 1 pm and 7 pm each day, and streaming is available through May 16. Film showing tickets at the Washington Center are $20 (plus service fee) and at-home streaming is $30 (plus service fee.)  Tickets are available through the Washington Center Box Office at 512 Washington Street SE in Olympia or by calling 360-753-8566. Buy tickets online at

WHO: Ballet Northwest

WHAT: The Sleeping Beauty Film 

WHEN: 1 pm on May 8 and 9,

  7 pm on May 8 and 9,

streaming May 8-16.

WHERE: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

 512 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 98501

HOW: Ticket Office – 360-753-8566 or order online at

PRICES: Tickets are $20 for showings at the Washington Center and $30 for at-home streaming (plus service fee.)


Pictured: Kate Peterson (photo: Jerome Tso)

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