North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina present the Canadian premiere of award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva’s puppet show, Sleeping Beauty Dreams.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams plays Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver from January 26 to February 4. Visit for tickets and information.

Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Fresh Coming of Age Tale

A princess with overprotective parents and a lonely boy whose single mother works all the time are at the centre of this family-friendly production. As they embark on a journey of self-discovery, both the princess and boy learn about the power of positive risk-taking.

2. Renowned Mexican Artists

Sleeping Beauty Dreams is written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, and co-directed by 72 year-old Lourdes Pérez Gay, who is revered in Mexico for her puppet creations.

3. International Collaboration Brings Puppetry to Life

To prepare for this Canadian theatrical first, Marionetas de la Esquina travelled from Mexico to Vancouver to train and mentor a local cast to perform the show in English. As part of this international exchange, members of the Presentation House Theatre team will visit Mexico in late 2018 to train Spanish artists to perform their signature youth production, Jack and the Bean, in their own language.

4. Not Just for Kids

While aimed at children five years of age and up, Sleeping Beauty Dreams has much to offer today’s parents. The story is about a boy largely left to his own devices and a girl whose parents keep her within their own four walls because they have been told if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. In many ways, it’s an examination of two parenting extremes as seen through the eyes of children: latch-key kids and helicopter parents.

5. Celebrated Canadian Puppeteer Returns to the Stage

Timothy Gosley, who worked with Jim Henson on Fraggle Rock and whose puppetry has been featured extensively in film and television, is returning to the theatre specifically for the opportunity to work with Lourdes Pérez Gay.