The Sleeping Beauty with the PBT Orchestra

  • Date: May 19 - May 21, 2023
  • Venue: Benedum Center

Drama and romance are palpable in this production of the most classical of all full-length ballets. The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a beautiful princess cursed into an eternal slumber until she is awoken by true love’s kiss. Filled with magnificent sets and costumes, an iconic Tchaikovsky score and incredible ballet technique, this wonderful fairytale is fun for the whole family.

Artists: David O’Matz and Sujanya Dhillon | Photo: Aviana Adams

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Performance Times

  • Friday, May 19, 2023 – 12 p.m.- Student Matinee
  • Friday, May 19, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21, 2023 – 2 p.m.

Theater Programs

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Take a peek at the new costume for Carabosse, The Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy, with Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney, Costume Director Kristin McLain and Principal Artist Yoshiaki Nakano.

Yoshiaki Nakano






Director’s Cut  |   Friday, May 19  |  6:30 p.m. 

Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney shares his updates to the production and the experience of staging and directing his first full-length ballet for PBT. All are welcome. Join us in the Orchestra section for this program.



Artist Q&A   |   Saturday, May 20  |  after the 2 p.m. performance

Recap the performance and ask Principal Artist Yoshiaki Nakano about portraying the romantic role of Prince Désiré.

Yoshiaki Nakano


Performance Preview  |   Saturday, May 20  |  6:30 p.m.  

Join us to hear from past PBT artists who’ve portrayed the iconic role of Aurora! Learn what it takes artistically, technically and emotionally to become Aurora, and why this is one of of the most beloved and coveted roles in the repertoire. The program features PBT Soloist Gabrielle Thurlow and former Principal Artists Julia Erickson and Erin Halloran. All are welcome, join us in the Orchestra section for this program.

Artists: Gabrielle Thurlow, Corey Bourbonniere; Photo: Aimee DiAndrea


Curtain Up!  |   Sunday, May 21  |  1 p.m. 

Watch the last few minutes of company class on stage, and dive into Tchaikovsky’s glorious score with PBT Music Director and Principal Conductor Charles Barker. No registration necessary.


Audio-described Performance |   Sunday, May 21  |  2 p.m.

Live narration of the performance for those with blindness or vision impairment, or for anyone who’d like to listen! No registration necessary.

PBT Connects programs presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.