Who’s Who in The Sleeping Beauty
Meet Aurora, Prince Charming, and Other Characters from this Beloved Ballet.
Aurora (a.k.a. The Princess, Beauty, Her Royal Highness)
Firstborn child of the Tsar and Tsarina, Aurora is cursed to sleep a hundred years. She’s rescued by Prince Desiré, whom she later marries.
Likes: Parties, roses, making her own decisions, pointy objects
Dislikes: Being told what to do, sleeping in
Prince Desiré (a.k.a. Prince Charming, His Royal Highness)
Little is known of Prince Desiré’s origins, though his name suggests his native country was Francophone. The lucky godson of The Lilac Fairy, his claim to fame is that he fell in love with a girl in a vision and then saved her entire kingdom with a kiss.
Likes: Saving entire kingdoms, dancing with sleeping princesses, hunting
Dislikes: Evil curses, women born in this century
The Lilac Fairy (a.k.a. The Fairy of Wisdom)
The most powerful fairy in the land, the Lilac Fairy is godmother to both Princess Aurora and Prince Desiré, and, one presumes, several other princes and princesses. Wise, and perhaps a bit over-involved in her godchildren’s lives, her origins are shrouded in mystery.
Likes: Lilacs, good decision making, children
Dislikes: The Fairy of Darkness
The Tsar (a.k.a. The King, His Royal Highness, Dad)
Aurora’s father and king of a vast fairytale nation, the Tsar is known for being slightly overbearing, but all out of love for his only child.
Likes: Power, the Tsarina, hosting parties
Dislikes: Disobedience, pointy objects
The Tsarina (a.k.a. The Queen, Her Royal Highness, Mom)
Prone to hysterics, Aurora’s mother, the Tsarina, is luckily good friends with the Lilac Fairy, who manages to keep her head about her in a crisis.
Likes: Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, large crowns
Dislikes: Too much excitement
The Fairy of Darkness (a.k.a Carabosse)
Residing in a dark wood alongside her bird-like attendants, the Fairy of Darkness is easily offended and not afraid to make her feelings known.
Likes: Sharp objects, the color black
Dislikes: Not being invited to things
The Master of Ceremonies (a.k.a. Catalabutte)
A lifelong civil servant, the Master of Ceremonies had a track record of reliably inviting all the correct guests to all the correct ceremonies. Until the day he didn’t. Luckily, the Tsar and Tsarina were forgiving, and he retained his job.
Likes: A properly set table, engraved invitations, correctly decanted wine
Dislikes: People who don’t RSVP
The Four Princes
Hailing from around the Empire, these four princes vie for Aurora’s hand in marriage. Unfortunately, none of them are chosen as the lucky gentleman and, presumably, get caught in the sleeping curse.
The White Cat
An enchanted princess trapped in the form of a kitty cat, the White Cat is biding her time with Puss in Boots until her prince arrives. Unfortunately, she can’t be saved by a kiss: he’ll have to chop off her head and tail before her curse will be broken.
Likes: Princes, washing herself, purring
Dislikes: Curses, mice
Puss in Boots
A cat, bestowed upon the youngest son, with some magical powers and a penchant for wearing boots.
Likes: Boots, making peoples’ fortunes, milk
Dislikes: Swimming, people who talk to him like a cat
The Enchanted Princess (a.k.a. Princess Florine)
Trapped in an evil tower by her stepmother, the Enchanted Princess ultimately breaks free thanks to a village rebellion and manages to rescue her prince.
Likes: Freedom, birds, the villagers
Dislikes: Her stepmother and stepsister
Bluebird (a.k.a. King Charmant)
Transformed into a bird by his girlfriend’s stepsister’s fairy godmother, the Bluebird has to wait to be rescued by the princess—a nice role reversal!
Likes: Flying, the Enchanted Princess, technically difficult dancing
Dislikes: Eating worms, being trapped as a bird
Our fairytale kingdom is inhabited by many fairies, all of whom seem to respect the Lilac Fairy and fear the Fairy of Darkness. Here is a sampling:
Likes: Talking, Voltaire, being nice
Dislikes: Mean people, the Fairy of Darkness, waiting
Likes: Giving gifts, frolicking in fields, bread products
Dislikes: Stingy people, being cooped up inside
Likes: Singing, talking, chattering, jazz hands
Dislikes: Being quiet
Likes: Playing with electricity, pointing at things
Likes: Things that glitter
Dislikes: Costume jewelry
Header Image: Kamryn Baldwin and Sean Bennett in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson