No matter how many times you hear it, there is no other love story quite as enchanting as that of the beautiful young maiden who falls in love with a hideous beast. Since the publication of the original version by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, it has inspired countless adaptations in print, film, TV, and on stage, cementing Beauty and the Beast’s status a classic fairytale for all ages. Celebrating its 25th season, REP Theater for Young Audiences presents another version, written by Peter del Valle and John Ahearn specifically with child actors in mind. Michael Valenti and Elsa Rael, the same team which brought to the stage another children’s classic, Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, provide the music and
Watch as Repertory Philippines revisits the tale of an adoring father who promises to bring home a rose for his youngest daughter, Beauty. Unbeknownst to him, picking that rose from the Beast’s enchanted garden would have unfortunate consequences. In exchange for his freedom, Beauty makes the ultimate sacrifice, agreeing to spend the rest of her life in the castle, taking her father’s place. The play is directed by Joy Virata, REP’s artistic director and founder of REP Theater for Young Audiences. Cara Barredo, Alana Vicente, Jill Itaas, and Maya Encila will enchant as Beauty, while Arnel Carrion, Jos Jalbuena, Hans Eckstein, and George Schulze will bring the Beast to life. August 12 to December 14 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1; 843.3570; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld. com.ph.
TAMING ThE BEAST Alana Vicente with Arnel Carrion (as Beast). Oliver Usison alternates as Beauty’s father.