Bristol School Drama Club to present The Spell of Sleeping Beauty Feb. 19 & 20

Lynn Keller (left)  and Diane Walkington work on costumes for the latest Bristol Drama Club production. This will be Keller's last production after 14. /Submitted photo

Lynn Keller (left) and Diane Walkington work on costumes for the latest Bristol Drama Club production. This will be Keller’s last production after 14. /Submitted photo

This Bristol Drama Club will present The Spell of Sleeping Beauty on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at Bristol School. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 4-12 in advance and $8 for adults and $6 for children at the door. Children 3 and under are free.

The Spell of Sleeping Beauty includes a cast and crew of about 90 students in fifth through eighth grade. The performances will be exclusively executed by the students. The performances are the one time the producer/directors Mary Jo Clark and Amy Wagner sit back and enjoy the show. Their work with the group began in November and this coming weekend it culminates with two performances. The script has been adapted to accomodate the large number of students audtioning resulting in a stage full of colorful characters including the lovely and innocent Briar Rose, an evil queen, and a talking spider.

This year’s production involves nearly 60 cast members costumed by Lynn Keller, a former Bristol School parent and Diane Walkington, a Bristol grandparent. The production this year is a milestone for Keller as she will have outffited more the 1,000 students in 14 productions – 11 school plays and three talent shows. Keller has designed a variety of costumes for from princesses and elves to trees and fairies. Some of her most unusual costumes include a door for A Christmas Carol, jellyfish for The Little Mermaid, and this year’s challenges, a spider with all eighth appendages and a talking wall of thorns. ”

“Lynn’s talents have made the Bristol Drama Club productions look far beyond that of a typical middle school play,” Wagner said. “Her creativity has inspired greater performances from the students for whom she has provided costumes.”

The Spell of Sleeping Beauty has 24 speaking roles and a large group of villagers.

Here are some more photos from dress rehearsal:


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