Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Opens on June 16 at Barrow-Civic Theatre

| May 31, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. – The Franklin Civic Operetta Association will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin beginning June 16.

The presentation will be shown on June 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and June 18 and 25 at 2:00 p.m.

When the adored classic comes to life on stage, all of the unforgettable songs that generations of all ages know from the 1991 film will be there – like “Bonjour,” “Be our Guest,” and “Tale as Old as Time” – plus five new songs written for the stage adaptation.

At approximately 2 1/2 hours in length with an intermission between acts, the musical digs even deeper into the lives of Belle (played by Anna Lowrey), immersed in her beloved novels to escape her dissatisfying life in a poor, provincial town; and Beast, (played by Jordan Rembold), trapped in a spell placed upon him for his selfishness. If he can learn to love, and if someone can love him in return, the curse will be broken. But, time is running out, as signified by a magical rose, withering under a bell jar.

One evening, Belle’s father, Maurice (played by Mike Eichholtz), leaves town for an inventor’s fair. A wrong turn leads him to a mysterious castle, where he encounters its enchanted inhabitants – Lumière the candelabra (played by Nicholas Hess), Mrs. Potts the teapot (played by Cynthia Harding), Chip the teacup (played by Jasey Donovan), Cogsworth the clock (played by Jonathon Bartram), Babette the feather duster (played by Emily Schrader), Madame De La Grande Bouche the wardrobe (played by Sallie Richards-Bartram), and the unwelcoming head of the household, who locks him away in the tower dungeon. Belle discovers her father’s captivity and offers to live there forever in exchange for his freedom. At first, it appears that there is no hope for love. While Beast maintains his unrefined demeanor, Lumière and the other servants try to smooth out tensions. Scene by scene and song by song, Belle begins to see a kinder, gentler side of Beast.

The most handsome – and conceited – man in town, Gaston (played by Caleb McCarthy), is determined to make Belle his wife, no matter the cost. When she eludes him, he convinces the town that her father is crazy, with the help of his sidekick, LeFou (played by Kolby Martin) and the keeper of the insane asylum, Madame D’ Arque (played by Caroline Lowrey).

Completing the 42-person cast are silly girls – Kat Elan, Brooke Lawrie, and Hannah McCarthy, and ensemble members of various roles – Ashley Barletta, Jaren Bittinger, Tyler Carson, Hannah Confer, Courtney Crabtree, Lindsey Crabtree, Mark Daugherty, Jackson Donovan, Andrea Fenske, Emma Fox, Heather Handel, Abby Hanna, Rachele Heasley, Brent Hetrick, John Hetrick, Jenny Jack, Brynna Manuel, Bailey McMahon, Emily Minch, Amber Moore, Ashleigh Morrison, Remington Slater, Ron Slocum, Hanna Stucke, Pamela Sibley, Olivia Welton, and Brandon Williams.

With an Academy award-winning score, breath-taking costumes, and elaborate staging, the show has become an international sensation, performed to over 35 million people in 13 different countries. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1994, the immense production requires a team of dedicated individuals working behind-the-scenes – planning, rehearsing, constructing sets, creating costumes, and more – months prior to opening night. The production team includes stage director, Julie Powell; music director, Jenny Lowrey; accompanist, Mary Beth Hutchinson, producers, Jeri Bolton and Hon. Patrick Lowrey; and many, many others, including a full orchestra.

The Barrow-Civic Theatre invites you to be their guest for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, opening Friday, June 16th.

Tickets are $14-$20. Groups of 10 or more save 15% on all performances, and families of three or more save 10% on matinées. For tickets, visit the Box Office at 1223 Liberty Street in Franklin, call 814-437-3440, or visit www.barrowtheatre.com.

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