LITTLETON -- The classic Disney tale as old as time is coming to life this summer as Indian Hill Music School's Summer Musical Theater students present three fully-staged performances of "Beauty and the Beast Jr."
The shows are on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m., at 36 King St. (Route 495/Exit 30), Littleton.
All tickets are $10 general admission. To order, call 978-486-9524, ext. 116, or visit indianhillmusic.org.
This summer's show is 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.
"It's 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, but finds that the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his 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 in learning how to love.
"Beauty and the Beast Jr." features the talents of 25 young students from several local communities. Lead roles will be performed by: Alison Rutyna, 12, Belle (Acton); Nicole Fiske, 15, the Beast (Littleton); Jonah Krampitz, 13, Gaston (Groton); 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).
"Beauty and the Beast Jr." is presented through a special arrangement with Musical Theatre International of New York. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-541-4684 or MTIShows.com.
Music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.