Who’s Who in The Sleeping Beauty

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)
Sasha De Sola in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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)
Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty. (© Erik Tomasson)

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)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Chris Hardy

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)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Chris Hardy

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
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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
Thamires Chuvas and Alexander Reneff-Olson in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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)
Natasha Sheehan in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty. // © Erik Tomasson

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)
Lonnie Weeks in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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

The Fairies
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

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: Long walks on the beach, yoga

Dislikes: When people make fun of her name. She didn't ask to be named the Breadcrumb Fairy.

Likes: Singing, talking, chattering, jazz hands

Dislikes: Being quiet

Likes: Playing with electricity, pointing at things

Dislikes: Water

Likes: Things that glitter

Dislikes: Costume jewelry

Header Image: Kamryn Baldwin and Sean Bennett in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson