The PRINCESS PLAYS: Fresh Spin on Classic Fairy Tales at NKU

NKU_The Princess PlaysHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts continues its Theatre & Dance season with The Princess Plays, featuring the musicals Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty: Rise and Shine, running from March 24 – April 2, 2023 at NKU’s Corbett Theatre.

  • What: The Princess Plays
  • When: March 24 – April 2, 2023
  • Where: NKU Corbett Theatre
  • Tickets: or (859) 572-5464

With music, lyrics, and book written by three award-winning Theatre & Dance Faculty, The Princess Plays offers a fresh take on two beloved fairy tales. Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs reinvents the classic Brothers Grimm story, adding dance and music to the mix. The seven dwarfs take center stage in this production, enchanting audiences with their rhythm and skill. Meanwhile, Sleeping Beauty: Rise and Shine takes a steam punk twist on the traditional story, featuring a bold and unconventional princess, Aurora, who forges her own path and learns to believe in herself through rock music and a journey of self-discovery.

The cast includes Alec Harrison, Alleyne Louise, Allie Reardon, Andie Angel, Anthony Nocero, Austin Mills, Avery Sherman, Braeden Criss, Chloe Esmeier, Chloe Hedrick, Chris Monell, Ella Cooper, Elliet Malatesta, Emily Hilbrecht, Field Oldham, Hailey Watson, Hunter Broyles, Jathan Briscoe, Jeremiah Jackson, Kristin Kaufman, Marlo D’Ascenzo, Nick Rohr, and Payton Trout. The production team features Marcia Fortner as Stage Manager, Maddie Burgoon as Choreographer, Tyler Gabbard as Scenic Designer, Jo Sanburg as Lighting Designer, and Jamey Strawn as Music Director. The puppets are designed and created by Kevin Frisch, with costumes by Kathy Hudson (Snow White) and Jeff Shearer (Sleeping Beauty). The show is directed by Ken Jones.

Thank you to Roderick Justice, Artistic Director of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, for their invaluable support in making this production possible.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit

About SOTA: The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is made up of three programs: Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, and Music. The Theatre and Dance program relies on intensive student involvement both inside and outside the classroom. At the program’s center is a vital balance of process and production, giving each student opportunities to stretch boundaries and discover new possibilities. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in professional theatre, film and television. For more information, visit



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