Flushing Town Hall will present renowned storyteller David Gonzalez and his production of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, February 16. Families and children of all ages will be captivated by the whimsicalities of Gonzalez’s original music, performed with pianist Daniel Kelly, and visuals in this classic fairytale with a twist.
Gonzalez’s rhymed-verse spin on this timeless story includes live music and image projections, creating a magical multi-media world. Drawing musical inspiration from Bach, paired with original visuals and Chinese subtitles, the story focuses on the story of a beautiful princess awakened by true love’s kiss (or not!). Joining him on stage will be renowned pianist Daniel Kelly, who has been called “stunningly original” with “a visionary imagination.” Kelly has captivated audiences across the country and is a prolific composer.
In advance of the family performance, Gonzalez will lead a workshop on interactive storytelling. He will focus on four distinct elements of communication: language, voice, gesture, and imagination. The workshop will feature physical and vocal activities and an array of theater games, and is best suited for children ages five and up.
A storyteller, musician, and writer, David Gonzalez is the creator of numerous plays and one-man shows including The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures, The Frog Bride, Aesop Bops!, Maddog and Me, and more. His ability to combine drama, music, and media captures audiences nationwide with stories of love, hope, and courage. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from International Performing Arts for Youth, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his original production of The Frog Bride. His shows have been presented at many of the best performing arts centers, theaters, and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
The workshop will begin at 1:00 PM followed by the family performance at 2:15 PM. Tickets for the workshop are $8/$5 children/free for members and teens with tickets to 2:15 PM show (RSVP required); tickets for the family performance are $14/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children/free for teens. Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old teens (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love for arts and culture.