The Kids’ Cauldron performed an old classic with modern Pagan updates to an appreciative audience Tuesday night.
The story is one we are all familiar with. A King and Queen hold a party to celebrate the birth of a long desired child and all the fairies of the realm are invited to bestow gifts on the young girl except one. That fairy, angry at not being invited, curses the child to die at age 16. The curse cannot be changed, but a fairy is able to alter it to something less dire – Sleeping Beauty will prick her finger on a spinning wheel at age 16 and fall into a deep sleep that can only be broken by her true love.
That may have been what attendees at Sacred Harvest Festival were expecting, but what they got was something more up to date and in line with Pagan sensibilities.
There were two Queens who ruled the land together and wanted to have a child together. The fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty, out of anger at not receiving an invite, should have checked her spam box because that’s where her invitation was waiting. An iPod took the place of a spinning wheel as the instrument that would send the princess into her sleep.
The audience appreciated these touches and laughed and cheered on the young actors, one of whom was a smiling baby.
“Sleeping Beauty having two moms and the story involving computers and iPods and spam, that ‘s right in line with how the Pagan community is. We are more computer savvy and accepting of different types of families,” said one of the audience members.
The play ended with applause for each of the actors as they introduced themselves and their parents.
A proud mother remarked, “That was so cute. They did a great job.”