Be Our Guest

By From page B1 | October 21, 2011

Beast (Braiden Wells), Belle (Katherine Sorgea) and Gaston (Jonathan Cranmer) star in EDMT's production of "Beauty and the Beast." Courtesy photo

El Dorado Musical Theatre presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Talking furniture, a book-loving heroine and a beast who gets a second chance will share a tale as old as time at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Oct. 28 through Nov. 13.

El Dorado Musical Theatre’s presentation of “Beauty and the Beast” includes two casts, Rose and Mirror, that will sing, dance and fight for good in this classic love story that teaches everyone that true beauty lies within.

Who could ever learn to love a beast? Belle, played by Carly Speno (Rose Cast) and Katherine Sorgea (Mirror Cast), leads the way when she makes the ultimate sacrifice — giving up her freedom so that her father is no longer a prisoner of the mysterious Beast, played by Terry Hicks (Rose Cast) and Braiden Wells (Mirror Cast).

Helped by his staff of enchanted objects, most notably Lumiere (a maitre de turned into a candelabra), Cogsworth (the head of the household turned into a clock), Babette (a flirtatious maid turned into a feather duster), Mrs. Potts (the head of the kitchen turned into a teapot) and her son Chip (a tea cup), the Beast reveals his gentler side to Belle and eventually falls in love.

Will it be enough to reverse the curse an enchantress placed on the Beast and all who dwell in his castle? Will the misguided townspeople, led by the vain and selfish Gaston, played Andrew Wilson (Rose Cast) and Jonathan Cranmer (Mirror Cast), destroy all hope?

Well, one of Disney’s mottos is “Happily Ever After.”

In addition to the valuable lessons it teaches, “Beauty and the Beast” is known for its wonderful music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The casts will have you singing along to “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Human Again,” a song not in the original animated film but included in the Broadway production and later added into Disney’s 2002 re-release.

“Beauty and the Beast” at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, begins on Friday, Oct. 28, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices range from $14.50 to $29, with all seats only $14.50 on Thursdays. Purchase tickets by visiting threestages.net or calling (916) 608-6888.

EDMT’s Production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is sponsored in part by The Gift of Kids Daycare and Preschool, Parker Development Company, Business Workspaces, Jimboy’s Tacos and Pete’s Restaurant.

For more information about EDMT registration, roles or fees visit edmt.info or call (916) 941-SING.

Special to Village Life


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