A production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. — starring local kids — debuts on stage at The Woodland in Maplewood on Friday, January 22 and runs through Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24.
The show is presented by Front & Center for Performing Arts, located in Springfield, NJ, and is based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney’s 1991 animated feature film.
Front & Center’s production of Beauty and the Beast JR. includes three featured Maplewood children among a cast of sixty students: Ben Halperin and Cyrus Shields alternate in the role of the Beast; Molly Hurley is in the ensemble.
Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return – before time runs out. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible. Beauty and the Beast JR. features classic songs from the Academy Award-winning film score such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony-nominated Broadway musical.
Beauty & the Beast JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and the Disney Theater Group (DTG). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
SHOW DATES & TIMES
Friday, January 22-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 23- 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 24- 1:30 p.m.
The Woodland Theater
(Formerly Women’s Club of Maplewood)
60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Tickets are $28. Seating is assigned. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at https://fncbeautyandbeast.brownpapertickets.com.