A Sleeping Beauty Question - Who outranks whom?
Posted 29 June 2002 - 10:13 PM
Anyone care to venture an opinion, or show some textual evidence?
Posted 30 June 2002 - 02:15 AM
Posted 30 June 2002 - 03:35 AM
Assuming that Fairy Prerogative is a lot like Royal Prerogative in Russia, as it existed then, the fact that Carabosse's original curse cannot be undone by a junior member of the Fairy Family, but a stay or modification may be worked on it is significant. There was no court system that would take on the right of an Autocrat in Russia, but another member of the Imperial Family might stay or modify a ruling by the Tsar, leaving them to fight it out over the supper table, I guess.
As to Fairy/Royal rank, there are two schools of thought, one being that immortals always outrank mortals, but an objection may be made to that point on the piece of mime quoted above. The other is, that whatever the Fairies' qualifications, the Royals have been chosen by God himself, so outranking everybody!
Posted 30 June 2002 - 07:34 AM
Thanks for that, Mel. I'd forgotten that mime speech of Catalabutte's. We must quote it every time someone suggests that this or that choregrapher is good for the company because it drives the old people out of the Theater.
Posted 30 June 2002 - 08:49 AM
In these days of mime-challenged full-lengths, it's always wise to check with what was originally intended. Often, in productions today, that speech is cut out, and the King's reaction is delayed until the elements announce the arrival of Carabosse! He then merely scans the guest list, and throws the scroll down in a fury. It often gets lost in the scramble at Carabosse's entrance.
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