The BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts and interdisciplinary Music Dance Theatre program will present the BYU premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in the Pardoe Theater of the Harris Fine Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19-21, 27-28, Dec. 1-5 and 8-10, with matinees on Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. An ASL performance will be presented on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25, with discounts available for alumni, senior citizens, students, employees and groups. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com.
This beloved musical tells the classic story of Belle, a provincial girl who falls in love with the cursed, monstrous prince who imprisons her father. Based on the Oscar award-winning Disney movie, this musical is a parable about looking upon a person's heart rather than the outward appearance.
Director George Nelson is excited to present this enchanting "tale as old as time" to the community because he believes this fairytale is an allegory for the redemption of the fallen nature in the heart of every human being.
"This tale is universal because of the truths it reveals," said Nelson. "Our retelling hopefully combines the magic of this amazing musical with the reality of the powerful influence for good real, selfless love can have on the human heart."
Based on Linda Woolverton's book, the music is by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
Other production members include Mark Johnson as musical director, Becky Phillips as choreographer, Lindsi Neilson as production stage manager, Benjamin Sanders as scenic and lighting designer, Shannon McCurdy as costume designer, Valeri Day as makeup hair designer, Taylor Glad as sound designer, Lizzie Mickelson as properties designer, Travis Coyne as technical director, Kasey Kopp as dramaturge and Theron Christensen as illusionist.
Cast members include Johnny Wilson as the Beast, Twyla Wilson as Belle, Kooper Campbell as Gaston, Alana Jeffery as Mrs. Potts, Woody White as Lumiere, Scott Whipple as Cogsworth, Joseph Swain as Maurice, Tricia Zuskind as Chip, Cherie Kaufman as Madame De La Grande Bouche, Devin Neilson as Le Fou, Tierney Bent as Babette, Elsa Hodder as enchantress and Alex Hasse as Rug.