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CCT to present 'Beauty and the Beast'

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Cherokee Community Theater, now in its 50th anniversary season, will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" for six performances later this month at the Cherokee Community Center.

The play is an adaptation of the 1991 Disney animated film, and ran on Broadway from 1994 - 2007. It was nominated for several Tony Awards in 1994, and features the music of Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Rehearsals are now underway for the CCT production, which will be directed by Ruth Hayes and Jackie Courtright, with musical direction by Joe Vannatta. Vannatta will also be conducting the pit orchestra and contributed to the set design.

The musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20, Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26. Matinee performances will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 and Sunday, June 28.

Reharsals are underway for the Cherokee Community Theater's production of "Beauty and the Beast." In this photo, left to right, Liz Kempfert, Ryan Brown, and Cheryl Ellis rehearse a scene for the upcoming Disney production. Photo by Vanessa Reusch.
Cast members include CCT veterans Blake Burroughs as Gaston, and Ryan Brown as the Beast/Prince, and featured cast members also include Liz Kempfert as Belle, John Bieber as Lumiere, Andrew Lafleur as Cogsworth, and Debbie Bailey as Mrs. Potts.

Other cast members include Cheryl Ellis as Wardrobe, Darby Baillie and Libby Peterson as Chip, Dave Hickman as Maurice, Eric Boisen as Le Fou, Presley Johnston as D'Arque, Whitney Axiotis as Babette, and Mark Hecox as The Bookseller.

Andrew Linn serves as the Narrator, and there are also a large number of both adults and children who portray townspeople and other characters.

The fun starts June 19 at the Cherokee Community Center. All seats are reserved for every performance. Reservations for season ticket holders began on June 1, and reservations for the general public on June 8. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students age 12 and under. Call 225-4440 to reserve your seat now for an evening or afternoon of music and magic for the entire family.

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