Disney's Beauty and the Beast, JR.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., is an enchanting adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance, perfect for the whole family.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
This show features a large cast of MHT veterans and newcomers alike. Belle is being played by newcomer Karly Jones from Benton, Ky. Gabriel Byers, also making his MHT debut, stars as the young prince, enchanted as the Beast. The enchanted duo Lumiere and Cogsworth are played by Bryan Pont, last seen in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. and Jensen Knudsen, most recently seen as Beezus in Ramona Quimby. The bombastic Gaston is played by MHT veteran Davin Belt, and his comedic side-kick LeFou is played by Liam Black, last appearing in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Other enchanted characters include Mrs. Potts and her spirited son, Chip played by MHT newcomer Nadia Adamson and Carson Chesnut, last seen in Ramona Quimby. Babette, the feather duster is Sydney Oswald, last seen in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Belle’s operatic wardrobe Madame De La Grande Bouche is newcomer Alyssa Yaw. The cause of the curse, the Enchantress is played by newcomer Alayna Watkins with another MHT newcomer Kathryn Lowry as Monsieur D’arque. Belle’s father Maurice is portrayed by Henry Stratemeyer, in his MHT Family Series debut. Jaden Raney, Taylor Egbert, and Kathryn Johnston are playing the comedic three Silly Girls.
The four narrators for this show include MHT veteran Addie Beth Franklin, Corban Williams, who recently played a role in Ramona Quimby, Nate Blossom, making his MHT debut and MHT veteran Laurel Swanz.
Playing villagers and enchanted characters: Alec Yaw, Amarie Smith, Anna Johnston, Andrew Knerr, Blain Oliver, Brooke Bowling, Cayla Oswald, Kate Bidwell, Kayla Murphy, Laurel Swanz, Meg Bevil, Olivia Brame, Ryan Bidwell, Sophia Hoffman, and Sydnie Midyett.
The show is directed by April Cochran with Mia Vasquez as Assistant Director. Choreography by Ashlee Soldo with costume design by Angela Hoerner. The show is music directed by Dale Julian. Hadley Pierce is Stage Manager.
Show dates and performance times:
Thursday and Friday, December 6 & 7: 7:00 PM;
Saturday and Sunday, December 8 & 9: 2:30 PM;
Saturday, Dec. 15: 11:00 AM & 2:30 PM;
Sunday, Dec. 16: 2:30 PM.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Box Office at 270-444-6828 or by going online to www.MarketHouseTheatre.org.