The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is thrilled to open their 2017-18 season with the beloved and classic tale of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Shows run September 8 through October 1 at the theatre located at 125½ West Main Street in Jonesborough.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is actually 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 into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household (also under a curse) will be doomed for all eternity.
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes the familiar songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Selections include popular favorites such as “Be Our Guest,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Belle.”
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is directed by Janette Gaines and Pam Johnson, music directed by Shelly Mangiacotti, and choreographed by Lindy Ley. Joining the outstanding cast are Brittany Kyte Whitson as Belle and Joe Gumina as the Beast. This production is sponsored by Monkees at the Peerless Center; Murphy, Inc.; Acorn Electrical Specialists, Inc.; and by Sonia King and Mary B. Martin.
Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.