A “tale as old as time” will take place in the Whittier Theatre, when San Juan Community Theatre’s Spring Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, opens THIS Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Broadway musical, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, tells the magical story of a selfish prince who is transformed into an unsightly creature, with his servants being turned into household objects. The Beast (Andy Urbach) must earn the love of a young woman (Belle, played by Chelsea Bliss) before it is too late for him and his castle.
Director Carol Hooper, along with Musical Director Jim Collado, and Choreographer Lisa Duke, has been leading a cast, crew, and orchestra of nearly 100 islanders to bring the wonder of this production to Friday Harbor.
Hooper believes the musical has much to teach, and says it is “not just a fluffy princess story.” Every single character, she says, has something we can identify with and think about.
The play continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., followed by performances on May 17-20 and 24-26.
*Trigger warning: this production has a strobe effect.
Performances run May 11 - 26 with a special Opening Night benefit.
The music is by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Choreography for SJCT's production is by Lisa Duke.
Hooper believes the musical has much to teach and says it is “not just a fluffy princess story.” Each single character, she says, has something we can identify with and think about.
Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. - Matinee
Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. - Pay What You Can Thursdays
Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. - Matinee
Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. - Pay What You Can Thursdays
Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Beast - Andy Urbach
Belle - Chelsea Bliss
Mrs. Potts - Jill Urbach
Gaston - Shane Merritt
LeFou - Brandon Cadwell
Lumiere - Brad Fincher
Cogsworth - Bo Turnage
Maurice - Jim Hooper
Madame de La Grand Bouche - Jenni Merritt
Babette - Penelope Haskew
Chip - Annabelle Mountford
Monsieur D’Arques - Keith Keyser
Narrator - Greg Swinford
Enchantress - Jen Oettinger
Rose Dancer - Jamie Mountford
Silly Girls - Claire Atchley, Michelle Coleman, and Carrie Jewett
Gaston's Cronies - Floyd Bourne, Sean McLaughlin, and Will Hendricks
Nathan D Peirce
Anne Marie Ryan