Three performances of Beauty and the Beast planned

Students and volunteers have been busy all week long at the annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Russellville Arts Council.

Since Monday morning, kids in grades 3-12 have been working hard to learn their parts and complete sets and costumes for this weekend’s performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Show times will be Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to the show can be purchased at the door for just $5 at Russellville High School’s deGraffenreid Auditorium.

Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

With many fun supporting roles allowing students to play objects inside the castle – Cogsworth the clock, Lumiere the candelabra, and a host of others – as well as opportunities to expand the cast by adding villagers, servants (including dancing flatware), and narrators, this “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities.

For more information, please call Director, Larry Vaught at 270-977-5823 and check on more details at Russellville Arts Council on Facebook.

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