Nine O’Clock Players ready to enchant families with new show

| October 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

CAST MEMBERS in rehearsal for “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty: The Legend of Briar-Rose.” Photos by: Yvette Marie Jones

The Nine O’Clock Players will open its 95th year entertaining families with a production of “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty: The Legend of Briar-Rose.” Opening day is Sun., Oct 29, at 2 p.m.

This season, the award-winning Assistance League of Los Angeles’ producers are joined by two former Disney Imagineers — from that company’s parks and resorts creative arm.

FORMER IMAGINEER Chris Runco (left) works on the set for the palace scene with scenic artist volunteer Alex Papoban.

Chris Runco and Chris Kelly both recently retired from the Walt Disney Company and, as new member volunteers, are working hard on the set design and on set coordination.

Said Kelly, “Not only has Chris Runco created a beautiful environment for the cast, his background in special effects and storytelling design holds some special surprises for the guests.” New fog machines have been bought, and this production will have numerous special effects.

“Enchanted Sleeping Beauty,” like all Assistance League productions, will joyfully teach life lessons for today’s youth through magical music, characters that make audiences laugh and interesting story twists. Annually, the Players host more than 17,000 Los Angeles-area children. School field trip groups, special needs students and low-income families are welcomed at no- or low-cost to experience the magic of live theater.

All performances will be held at the historic Assistance League Theatre located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Place. After opening day, performances will be Sundays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, also at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15. Call 323-545-6153 or visit or

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