Disney classic on stage
Actors guild to present ‘ Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ this weekend
It’s the tale as old as time, and the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County will tell it this weekend.
“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” will be performed at 7 p. m. today and Saturday and 2 p. m. Sunday at the Theatre at Simon Kramer, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. Tickets are $ 15 for people 13 years old and older, $ 10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 3. They are available from cast members, by calling 570- 617- 2720 or at the guild’s website atwww.agosc.org. Tickets will also be available at the door, if available.
The showis the stage version of the 1991Disney animatedmovie. Amy Mills, director, said there are some differences, but all of the favorite songs such as “Be Our Guest” and “Human Again” are in the show. Being the junior version, the music is written in keys that are appropriate for developing voices.
Mills said the showis slightly shorter to accommodate the young cast, but it can be expanded to get as many performers as can fit on the stage so more children have the opportunity to be part of a live theater show.
There are 38 members of the cast ranging in age from 4 1/ 2 to 16 years old. They also have a young girl that had been in performances previously who is “learning the ropes” with lighting tech, Mills said.
Main roles include Emily Hart as Belle, Michael Spotts as Beast/ Prince, Grant Lapachinsky as Gaston, Bo McDonald as Lefou, Morgan Flick as Lumiere, Ella Frantz as Cogsworth, Emily Barrett as Mrs. Potts, Ava Ciarvella as Chip, Lily McDonald as Babette, Reiley McDonald as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Marcus Smith as Maurice and Bri Hudock as Monsieur D’Arque.
Other cast members include Alexa Gauvreau, Julie Malek, Sarah Halupa and Caitlin Cappella as narrators; and Sarah Malek, Madison Eroh and Lauren Bennyhoff as silly girls.
The stage performance is scheduled shortly after the release of Disney’s live version film of “Beauty and the Beast.” The film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast. Mills said it has created extra excitement from the cast. They actually made arrangements to have a private viewing of the new film at Pearl Theatre Stadium8 at Schuylkill Mall for the cast and their family.
“Everyone had a wonderful time and I think it helped the cast with their characters and understanding of the story,” Mills said.
Mills said the showis a favorite for many people.
“It’s a great timeless story,” she said.
Formore information, visit the actors guild website or Facebook page.
Members of the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County’s production of “Beauty and Beast Jr.” include, from left, Lily McDonald as Babette, Marcus Smith as Maurice, Emily Barrett as Mrs. Potts and Ava Ciarvella as Chip. The show will be held at 7 p. m. today and Saturday and 2 p. m. Sunday at the Theatre at Simon Kramer in New Philadelphia.
Emily Hart will portray Belle in the production.