Twenty five area students will present the musical, produced and directed by Susan Bonito and Kate Hoch, with musical direction by David Lussier and choreography by Jessica Parsons. Hoch says that it’s great for the audience to see kids of all ages working together. Plus musical theater provides some incredible life skills for the performers. How do the young performers, directors, and producers describe the show? The one word that is synonymous with all things Disney: magical. Its such a magical show, adds Hoch, with amazing music and choreography. There are so many parts not only for the kids to play, but for the audience to fall in love with.
The story follows an old man, Maurice, who becomes lost in the woods and seeks shelter in an old castle. The master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must give up her freedom to save her father’s life. Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince reveals how very different people find strength in one another and learn how to love.
Beauty and the Beast, Jr. features the talents of 25 young students from several local communities. In addition to Jonah Krampitz from Groton, who plays Gaston, lead roles will be performed by: Alison Rutyna, 12, Belle (Acton); Nicole Fiske, 15, the Beast (Littleton); ; Arianna Bonito, 17, Mrs. Potts (Mendon), Brandon Wandell, 16, Lumiere (Littleton); Inessa Burnell, 16, Cogsworth (Lunenburg); Aidan Long, 9, Chip (Harvard); Catie Segaloff, 12, Maurice (Harvard); Madison Drummey, 12, Lefou (Harvard).
The three performances are on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday July 20 at 2:00 p.m.; and Sunday July 21 at 2:00 p.m. The theater is at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), in Littleton, MA. All tickets are $10 general admission and may be ordered by calling 978-486-9524 ext 116 or online at www.indianhillmusic.org.
Beauty and the Beast Jr. is presented through a special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI) of New York. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. (212) 541-4684 or www.MTIShows.com. Music by Alan Menken with lyrics, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book Linda Woolverton.