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Mary Sheeran follows her critically praised feminist western, Who Have the Power, with Quest of the Sleeping Princess, which is set in the world of dance and opera closer to our own time. But it's still home to Sheeran, who has been writing and singing since growing up in Washington, New Jersey, where she sang solos in the church choir and wrote a weekly column for the town's local paper, the Washington Star.

After earning a B.A. from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame in three fields, including theater, she performed lead roles in regional productions, in Off-Off-Broadway shows and revues, and then in operas. She sang leading roles in New York opera companies: Mimi in La Bohème, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, and Gilda in Rigoletto. She also sang several recitals, including her self-produced Songs From the Balanchine Repertory, which she performed several times in New York.

Stepping offstage to earn a Master of Divinity degree, after which she wrote Who Have the Power, she went back onstage performing in cabaret shows, principally at New York's Danny's Skylight Room and recording her CD Through the Years.

Through her years, she always made time for the ballet, especially for George Balanchine's works, and the result unites the worlds of music, dance, mythology, and spirituality (while poking a little fun at them all) in Quest of the Sleeping Princess.

Quest of the Sleeping Princess
By Mary Sheeran
(ISBN: 978-0-9826321-0-9)
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Retail Price: $15.95
Pages: 262

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