Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.) proudly presents:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR.
by Alan Menken
November 9 – December 14
Directed / Musical Direction by Anne Gesling
by Lauren Blair
Santa Monica, CA – Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
Be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but 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 is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.
In August 2012, the readers of LA Parent magazine voted the Morgan-Wixson’s Youth Education/Entertainment Series as one of the Top 2 Children’s Theatres in all of Los Angeles.
The Morgan-Wixson’s Annual Youth Musical is a local tradition, now in its 18th year, and every one of those productions, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., has been directed by Anne Gesling, who continually manages to bring the patrons out in droves to see her productions. In 2011, the theatre had record-breaking ticket sales with the Gesling-directed youth musical Seussical and the Los Angeles Premiere of Pinkalicious, The Musical, and Anne continued her successes in 2012-2013 with last season’s box office pleasers Once Upon a Mattress, Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical, and Madeline & The Gypsies. Anne recently produced sold-out performances of Le PeTiT CiRqUe: The Journey of You and this past summer, she directed the smashing success Spamalot! on the Morgan-Wixson Mainstage which was also choreographed by Lauren Blair.
JUST THE FACTS
WHAT: Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
WHEN: November 9 through December 14, 2013
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm
WHERE: Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard (Pico @ 27th Street),
Santa Monica, CA 90405. Accessible by Big Blue Bus #7 and #8.
ADMISSION: Adults $20, Children 12 and Under $15
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