NOV 13 - 17, 2013

Journey into the fantastical land of fairy tales as Colla Marionette’s incredible puppetry takes on Sleeping Beauty. This legendary Italian marionette company – considered the best in the world – depicts the beloved classic, using Tchaikovsky’s score and intricately involved puppet technique to breathe new life into the story. Fantastic visions unfold showing visual movement that no book of fairy tales has ever contained, such as a luxuriant forest that rises up to protect Sleeping Beauty’s world. Dozens of intricate puppets and settings will make theatregoers of all ages delight in the vast and lush landscape of this colorful and spectacular rendition. This is a rare opportunity for the whole family to experience the stunning vistas of the lost art of marionette theatre.

“magical and inspiring performances” —Charleston Magazine




The Colla family began its activity as puppeteers at the beginning of the 19th Century. The Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company (the name officially adopted in 1861) have become a representative for Italian culture and one of the most recognized puppet theatres in the world. Based in Milan, since 1980 the company has toured five continents, participating in prestigious festivals in Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Charleston and Mexico City, among others. In 2007, the company received accolades in the U.S. for their co-production of Macbeth with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In 1984, the new generation of puppeteers created the Associazione Grupporiani under the artistic direction of Eugenio Monti Colla, the last puppeteer of the Colla family. From 2000 the Company has collaborated with the Piccolo Teatro of Milan-Teatro d’Europa, and presents its performances in Milan at the Piccolo Teatro and at the Atelier Carlo Colla e Figli.


Beatrice Sarah Agnew
Brighella/Porter Liam Craig
Truffaldino Steven Epp
Pantalone Allen Gilmore
Waiter David Hanbury
Silvio Chivas Michael
Florindo Randy Reyes
Il Dottore Don Darryl Rivera
Waiter Luverne Seifert
Clarice Adina Verson
Smeraldina Liz Wisan


Written by Carlo Goldoni
Adapted by Constance Congdon
From A Translation by Christina Sibul
Further Adapted by Steven Epp and Christopher Bayes
Director Christopher Bayes
Set Designer Katherine Akiko Day
Costume Designer Valérie Thérèse Bart
Lighting Designer Chuan-Chi Chan
Music Composer Christopher Curtis and Aaron Halva
Sound Designer Charles Coes and Nathan Roberts


  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Created by: Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli - Colla Marionette
  • Adapted and Directed by: Eugenio Monti Colla
  • Music by: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Produced by: the Associazione Grupporiani
  • Series: Legend, Family
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Running Time: 95 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission