SPRINGVILLE—Springville Center for the Arts presents “Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr” with performances this weekend, on Aug. 11 and 12.
Belle, a young woman sick of her provincial life, journeys to an enchanted castle while looking for her father. While rescuing him, Belle makes a deal with the Beast – he will set her father free and she must remain in the castle. Learning of the unfortunate curse set upon the castle and all who reside there, there is little time for Belle to save the Beast before the last rose petal drops.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr” is an adaptation of the story many are familiar with. “Beauty and the Beast” features songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.
This show will be the result of Springville Center for the Arts' Musical Theater Workshop. The workshop is the second of two happening this summer. The actors and actresses are all entering grades three through eight, with direction and organization led by the Center's four summer interns: Julie Sandler, Sarah Musicant, Molly Bader and Mackenzie Moyer. The cast includes: Kaelyann Pfarner, Claire Nabozny, Sophia Vanstrom, Ayla Oakley, Elijah Wochensky, Noah Babbitt, Gabrielle Cerasani, Taylor Casey, Abigail Mitchell, Sarah Sullivan, Kierra Puntillo, Lilyana Miess, Maksim and Alexi Zosh, Ceceilia Prouty, Alyssa Pavone, Jenevieve Ehrig and Emma Rose Thompson.
“Beauty and the Beast” takes the stage at the Carol Mongerson Theater, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. These two performances are open to the public. Admission is a pay-what-you-can donation and is first come, first serve. Doors will open one half hour before showtime. For questions or more information, call Springville Center for the Arts at 592-9038.