You expect great performances at South Coast Repertory. But the level of talent there also tends to inspire the young thespians in SCR's Theater Conservatory.
These actors — from fifth to eighth grades — currently are putting on a splendid adaptation of the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" under the inspired and imaginative direction of Mercy Vasquez in SCR's Nicholas Studio theater.
In this version, adapted from the original fable by Charles Way, we have the classic conflict between good and evil, garbed in modern dress and punctuated by some hard rock and rear-screen projections. Not to mention some creative costume designs by DeAnna Rowe and the multi-use setting of Amanda Stuart.
In a cliche-defying choice, Rowe has dressed the villainess (a platinum blonde Jamie Ostmann) all in white and the good witch (dark-haired Rachel Charny) in black — and these two young actresses deliver impressive performances in the play's most demanding roles.