This week Punchinello the traveling clown visits France, where he tells us the story of Sleeping Beauty. Once upon a time, a baby princess was born in a palace. The King and the Queen invited 6 faeries to visit the baby princess to give her the gifts of beauty, wisdom and grace. Before the last and most important fairy, the Lilac Fairy, had a chance to speak, a wicked old fairy who was very angry to not be invited put a curse on the baby! She said that one day the princess would prick her finger and sleep forever! The Lilac Fairy steps forward and makes a promise – that the curse would be broken when a Prince wakes her with a kiss.
Click to listen to the Lilac Fairy’s theme, written by Tchaikovsky.