Eight-year-old Hannah Terry can be a real Pest.
Hannah plays Pest, one of the Goons commanded by the evil sorceress Maleficent, in the Lyric Theatre’s Kids Workshop production of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.”
The high-energy musical comedy is directed by Hannah’s father, Aaron Terry. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The show’s 29 cast members are in grades 3-6.
Hannah’s older brother, Brady, also plays a Goon.
Aaron Terry and his wife, Lark, are the parents of four including Hannah and Brady. Terry said having two of his children as cast members makes the show special for him.
Audience members will recognize the familiar storyline, which begins with the birth of Princess Aurora. Maleficent, angry because she was excluded from a party Aurora’s parents threw to celebrate her birth, left a curse on the princess — dooming her on her 16th birthday.
Three fairies — Flora, Fauna and Merryweather — saved Aurora, turning the curse of death into a deep sleep that required a kiss of true love to awaken her. She was later awakened by Prince Phillip’s kiss.
Audience members “will be seeing the classic Disney,” Terry said. “The same music from the original cartoon, same characters. We tried to stay as true to the original as we could, getting all of our costume colors to match and things like that.”
The young cast members have “a bunch of energy flowing through them. It’s like they all were on coffee,” Terry said. “There’s an intense battle scene, there’s a lot of comedy going on, some sadness — just the classic fairly tale.”
Terry, who frequently laughed loudly and shouted out encouragement during rehearsals, said he always enjoys working with the children. “It’s a great, fun show,” Terry said. “I love doing this. They do a great job.”
Hannah said she sings and dances as Pest and has a few lines. When asked if she’s ready for Friday night’s opening performance, Hannah broke into a big smile. “Yes!” she said. “I can’t wait … ready for the audience to be filled.”