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.
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.
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.