Stages Theatre Company’s production of
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.
Nov 17 – Dec 28, 2017
Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.
Book by Linda Woolverton.
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth.
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
Directed by Sandy Boren Barrett & Michael Matthew Ferrell
Age Recommendation: All Ages
BEST AVAILABILITY: Thu 12/21 & 12/22 @ 7pm
Join us this holiday season for a “tale as old as time!” The fantastical story of transformation and true inner beauty enchants our main stage this December with some of the most popular songs ever written. Based on the original Tony Award nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, this classic story of Belle and the Beast who must learn to love and be loved will fill your heart and stir your imagination throughout the holidays. We invite your whole family to “be our guest” to share in celebrating the love and joy of this timeless tale. RUN TIME: Approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI.) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
In alphabetical order.
Grace Annabella Anderson (Belle), Celia Birgy (Cogsworth), Logan Bitz Daum (Understudy Beast), Natalie Cumming (Madame De La Grande Bouche), Natalie Dekker (Narrator / Ensemble), Nicholas Dekker (Narrator / Ensemble), Lynnea Doublette (Mrs. Potts), Liliana Felton (Silly Girl / Ensemble), Athan Fischer (Narrator / Ensemble), Sofia Fraser (Chip), Ian Handeland (Lumiere), Trevor Hendrix (Beast), Delaney Hunter (Babette), Sayer Keeley (Baker), Chase Kozak (Wolf / Ensemble / Monsieur D’arque), Kennedy Lucas (Enchantress / Silly Girl / Ensemble), Jackson Lyon (Gaston), Sara Magnuson (Silly Girl / Ensemble), Hannah Paulsen (Bookseller / Ensemble), Kyla Ashlee Plair (Village Child / Ensemble), Bruce Rowan (Maurice), Abby Schroeder (Silly Girl / Ensemble), Hannah Seeman (Narrator / Ensemble), Zachary T. Sullivan (Lefou), Julia Foster Warder (Village Child / Ensemble), and Tad Williamson (Wolf / Ensemble)
ARTISTIC PRODUCTION STAFF
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CO-DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, CO-DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER – Michael Matthew Ferrell, ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER – Krysti Wiita, MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk, COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Samantha Fromm Haddow, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, DIALECT COACH – Meredith Larson, FIGHT Choreographer – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson, SOUND DESIGNER – Alan Pagel, PROPS DESIGNER – Laura Wilhelm, SET DESIGNER – Holly Windingstad, STAGE MANAGER – Cody R. Braudt, ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS – David Gamache, Andrea Wylie, SOUND BOARD OPERATOR – Bridget Gustafson, LIGHT BOARD OPERATORS – Beth Cross, Isabelle Zeake, SPOTLIGHT OPERATOR – Grant Knight, Faith Peterson, BACKSTAGE CREW – Faith Culbertson
Special thanks to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and Rich Hamson; Omaha Community Playhouse and Travis Halsey.
Scenic Artist: Cinde Ashley, Painting Assistant: June DeRango, Carpenters: Walter Ashley, Sam Harmon, Don Illies , Volunteers: Hannah Braegelmann, John Cardinal, Justin Dekker, LaVonne Glidden, Warren Glidden, Michelle Hernick, Nancy Johnson, Lisa Kline, Ron Kline, Mariann Wolf, Tiahna Wolfe, Roxie Wolfe, Vocal Music Support: JC Lippold
Sandy Boren-Barrett Director & Artistic Director – An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed more than 60 productions at STC, which include many new works, such as Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Brothers Grimm, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, based on the books by Grace Lin, and the ballet collaborations of Owl Moon and The Snow Queen. Sandy has also directed such family favorites as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Annie Jr. and Shrek the Musical.
Michael Matthew Ferrell – Associate Director / Choreographer – Michael is a three time Ivey Award Winner. He was also named the 2016, 2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine. Ferrell was awarded the AARP “50 Over 50: Disruptor Award” and the WCCO “Making A Difference Award” for his work with Alive & Kickin, the Senior Rock & Roll Ensemble. He work has been seen in most of the major theaters in the Twin Cities including, Artistry, Theater Latte Da, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, The Ordway Center for the Arts, Park Square Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, The Duluth Playhouse,The Minnesota Opera Company and the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards to name a few.
DATES & TIMES
Fri 11/17 7 PM
Sat 11/18 1 PM
Sun 11/19 1 PM & 4 PM
Fri 11/24 1 PM & 7 PM
Sat 11/25 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 11/26 1 PM & 4 PM
Wed 11/29 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 11/30 10 AM
Fri 12/1 7 PM
Sat 12/2 10 AM & 2:30 PM* SNOWBALL WINTER GALA
Sun 12/3 1 PM & 4 PM
Wed 12/6 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 12/7 10 AM
Fri 12/8 10 AM & 7 PM
Sat 12/9 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 12/10 1 PM
Wed 12/13 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 12/14 10 AM & 7 PM
Fri 12/15 7 PM
Sat 12/16 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 12/17 1 PM & 4 PM
Wed 12/20 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 12/21 10 AM & 7 PM
Fri 12/22 7 PM
Sat 12/23 10 AM & 1 PM
Tue 12/26 10 AM & 1 PM
Wed 12/27 10 AM & 1 PM
Thu 12/28 10 AM & 1 PM
- Sunday, 11/19/17 at 4pm – Pay What You Can Performance
- Sunday, 12/3/17 at 4pm – ASL & Audio Described Performance
- Saturday, 12/9/17 at 10am – Sensory-Friendly Performance
- Official Production PRESS RELEASE
- TWIN CITIES LIVE – Performance of “Something There”
- SUN CURRENT – Edina resident stars as Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’
- MAPLE GROVE VOICE – Maple Grove Youth Cast in ‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ at Stages
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SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (ORIGINAL FAIRY TALE AUTHOR) – Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, born in Paris in 1695, is considered to be the original author of the tale known as “Beauty and the Beast.”
Madame de Villeneuve belonged to a powerful, aristocratic family from La Rochelle, a seaport city in southwestern France. While still in her teens, she was married into another aristocratic family from the Poitou region. Her husband squandered much of their joint family inheritance. She was then widowed at age 26 and after progressively losing all of her fortune was forced to make a living through employment. She moved to Paris and fell into a literary life with a popular French playwright, Crébillon père. She died in 1755 at the age of 60. Barbot de Villeneuve’s writing was first published in 1734 and she wrote both fairy tales and novels throughout her career. Her work included a novella, two collections of fairy tales, and four novels. Her novel, La Jardinière de Vincennes (The Gardener of Vincennes) published in 1753 was considered her greatest commercial success.
Her most particularly noted and lasting fairy tale, however, was Beauty and the Beast. It was originally published in 1740 in French as La Belle et la Bête. The story was drawn from traditional fairy tales and folklore and the original book was 362 pages long. It was later abridged and republished by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumon. It is this shorter version that is most well-known.
ALAN MENKEN (COMPOSER) – Alan Menken’s music and lyrics have become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago. His stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, Kicks, The Dream on Royal Street, Beauty and The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Song and score credits for film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled and Mirror Mirror. Individual songs for film include Rocky V – “The Measure of a Man”, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – “My Christmas Tree”, Life With Mikey – “Cold Enough to Snow”, Noel – “Winter Light” and Captain America: First Avenger – “Star Spangled Man”. Television credits include writing songs for Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, a musical episode of The Neighbors and the ABC series Galavant. His chart topping songs have included “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, “Colors of the Wind” and “Go the Distance”. Winner of the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his score for Newsies, he has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including eight Oscars® with 4 for Best Score and 4 for Best Song; 11 Grammy® Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”); 7 Golden Globes; London’s Evening Standard Award; the Olivier Award; the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Other notable achievements include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard’s number one single (“A Whole New World”) and number one album (Pocahontas). In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend. He has been awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
HOWARD ASHMAN (LYRICIST) – Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul…”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway’s renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS.
TIM RICE (LYRICIST) – Tim Rice has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs, they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theater. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew), was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist. Their next three works together were much more successful: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess). From Here to Eternity, with music by newcomer Stuart Brayson, coproduced with Lee Menzies, directed by Tamara Harvey, and with book by Bill Oakes, premiered in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2013. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.
LINDA WOOLVERTON (MUSICAL BOOK WRITER) – Linda Woolverton’s writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film THE LION KING; the book for the Broadway musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical AIDA. Also she has written two young-adult novels, STAR-WIND and RUNNING BEFORE THE WIND. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.