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Middle school’s rendition of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ takes RCS stage

Most people know the story of Sleeping Beauty from the classic Walt Disney movie, but next week audience members will get to see Sleeping Beauty in a new light as sixth-graders from Russellville Middle School will perform “Sleeping Beauty the Musical.”

The 30-minute show will take place March 19 in the Russellville Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. The show will be a musical featuring 50 students.

“This is actually only the third time we have had a sixth-grade musical,” said RMS chorus director Emily Rush.

The show will feature the classic Disney songs audience members expect from “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as additional songs for the fairies and Maleficent.

“The thing that is cool about this show is it is only 30 minutes long, but you feel like you are getting the same amount as you would in a 60-minute or 90-minute show,” Rush said.

Because of the length of the show, Rush said she would recommend it to all ages and encourage families to attend.

“I think this show would be perfect for families who have young kids who maybe don’t have the attention span to sit through a 60-minute or 90-minute show,” Rush said.

The show will feature the same lights and sound production audience members have come to know Russellville City Schools for – with an additional hint of magic.

“I love all of the magic in the show,” Rush said. “Of course, you have the good side of magic with the fairies, and then you have Maleficent and her goons with evil magic. It is all just a lot of fun.”

Rush said she and her students will also have a few tricks up their sleeves, and the show will even feature Maleficent turning into a dragon. “It is a very cool trick we are excited for.”