The Yardley Players are bringing the beloved Disney musical Beauty and the Beast to Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre Nov. 2 to Nov. 11.
With show-stopping musical numbers and a colorful cast of characters, Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a bright young woman trapped in a small, provincial town.
When her father, Maurice, gets lost in the woods, Belle goes after him. Arriving at a secluded castle, she discovers that a beast has imprisoned Maurice, and she bravely trades her freedom for her father’s.
Gradually, Belle comes to realize that the Beast is trapped, just like she is. Will Belle’s sympathy turn to love? And, is that love strong enough to save them both?
Based on the 1991 animated Disney film, the show features the hugely popular songs written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.
Starring are Katie Conn of Princeton as Belle; Harrison Singer of Princeton as the Beast; Tom Chiola of Trenton as Lumiere; Marc Suznovich of Hamilton as Cogsworth; William Walters of Columbus as Maurice; Nicky Elridge of Hamilton as Lefou; Brian Davis of Newtown as Gaston; Erin Wurtz of Levittown as Babette; Jennifer Torres of Morrisville as the Wardrobe; Jessica Corriveau of Plainsboro as Mrs. Potts; Tristan Davis of Newtown as Chip; and Jonathan Stanley of East Windsor as Monsieur D’Arque.
Also featured are Caroline Corriveau of Plainsboro, Kelsey Egan of Hamilton, Makenna Katz of West Windsor; Jillian Lee of Hamilton, Jessica Marcinkowski of Columbus, Isabella Papaccio of Hamilton, Marti Wynn of Clementon, and Katie Young of Robbinsville.
The adult ensemble includes William Augustin of Levittown, Krista Coleman of Princeton, Kelly Fratz of Yardville, Bridget Fry of East Windsor, Shannon Gafgen of Robbinsville, Tanya Hibbs of Hamilton, Douglas Kelvy of Hamilton, Leslie Kraus of Levittown, Nicholas La Russa of Hamilton, Barry Leonard of Monroe, Rachel Shebek of Langhorne, Pa., and Gretchen Zimmer of Princeton Junction.
The youth ensemble features Aimee and Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Abigail and Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, Daniel and Jillian Richarme of Hamilton, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Natalie Thomas of East Windsor, Nicholas Torres of Morrisville, and Caitlin Treacy of Fairless Hills.
Dates and show times for this tale as old as time are: Fridays, Nov. 2 and 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 children/students. Tickets may be purchased at kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.