I've always been a fan of name changes.
During those days when I had even more Barbies than curls (yes, that's where he gets it), I informed all the members of my family that I would thence answer only to the name Barbie. For awhile, I was Ariel of The Little Mermaid. Then, Belle of Beauty and the Beast.
Before all of that, though, I was Sleeping Beauty.
That's why I'm so excited about the most recent production from Tulsa Ballet. This fairy tale, the Disney version and others included, is my favorite of all them all.
The Sleeping Beauty is going to be an especially exciting ballet for several reasons. First, it's known as one of the most technically challenging ballets there are. Second, it'll be accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, officially the hippest, coolest orchestra ever, playing Tchaikovski. Third, the hunky Marcello Angelini once again brings his expertise as artistic director, using grand staging and sets and lavish costumes in his characteristically fabulous way.
Fourth, someone's gonna propose right out in front of God and everybody. As in, some nice young person has paid good money to climb on stage, hit one knee and ask for that special someone's hand in marriage. Judging by the popularity of shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, I know you'd practically kill to see a dramatic marriage proposal in the Chapman Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. That's worth the ticket price on its own, really.
No matter how you dice it, whether you love dance or you're just looking for a good, prime time-worthy show, The Sleeping Beauty promises to deliver.
All of this is sounding pretty good, right? You're about to head to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Web site to buy scads of tickets, right? Before you do, let's see if you can tell me one thing.
Do you feel lucky?
One TDT reader is about to win two tickets to the Friday or Saturday night production of The Sleeping Beauty. To be eligible, there's just one thing you have to do.
Head to the comments and tell me the fairy tale name you secretly desire was yours. Guys, you know you wish you parents had named you He-Man or Optimus Prime. Ladies, we've all wanted to be Aurora or Ariel or Jasmine. Or, maybe you invented your own fairy tale name and you only answer to it when disturbed from a very deep sleep. Now, just days before the most romantic day of the year, is the time to come clean.
This contest will run until Thursday, Feb. 11, at 4pm. I'll announce the winner before 5pm.
Good luck, everyone. And please, at least for Valentine's Day, call me Barbie.