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Tale as old as time enchants audiences in Cambridge

WATERLOO REGION - Be our guest as Drayton Entertainment proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.

Experience “a tale as old as time” with the entire family as Disney’s much-loved musical delights audiences with its memorable story of romance and redemption from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.

“Beauty and the Beast is a global sensation and Disney’s most popular musical,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment.  

“Although the story remains true to the original movie, there are added songs and greater depth to the characters that make the live theatrical production extra special. It’s a wonderful theatre experience for families.”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the classic story of Belle, a spirited young woman in a provincial town, and a troubled Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress.

The terrible hex also affects his castle staff transforming them into talking candlesticks, clocks, tea pots and more.

If the Beast can learn to love and be loved in return before the final petal falls on an enchanted rose, the curse will end and he and his household will be transformed to their former selves.

But time is running out.

If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Can Beauty tame the Beast and see the truth beneath his physical appearance before the last petal falls?

Actress Jayme Armstrong takes the helm of this production making her directorial debut.

Armstrong has appeared on stage as the leading lady in numerous Drayton Entertainment productions including Les Misérables, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music and more.

The creative team also includes choreographer Robin Calvert, music director David Myers, set designer John Dinning, costume designer Rachel Berchtold, and lighting designer Kevin Fraser.

Danielle Wade anchors the production as Belle, the bookish beauty who dreams of adventures beyond her provincial life.

Newcomer Tony Edgerton makes his Drayton Entertainment debut as the fearsome yet misunderstood Beast who is imprisoned in his enchanted castle as punishment for his selfish ways. The beast becomes increasingly tender as his desire to win Belle’s affection grows, softening his rough exterior as he learns the value of kindness.

Brent Thiessen will tackle the role of the handsome and haughty Gaston, who is determined to marry Belle at any cost.

Gregory Pember is his hapless assistant, Lefou.

Veteran actor Victor A. Young is Belle’s eccentric father, Maurice.

The cast also features Drayton Entertainment favourite Keith Savage as the debonair French candelabra Lumiere and Patrick R. Brown as his uptight clock counterpart Cogsworth.

The assortment of enchanted household objects also includes Valerie Boyle as the motherly teapot Mrs. Potts with William Thompson as her teacup kid Chip. Amanda Struthmann is the flirtatious feather duster, Babette, and Rebecca Poff is the operatic wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche.

Ashley Arnett, Stephan Dickson, Graeme Goodhall, Jessica Horn, Anthony MacPherson, Sarah Matton, Luke Opdahl, Jade Repeta, Conor Scully, Nick Settimi, and Jennifer Thiessen round out the company.

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are almost sold out. Tickets are $46 for adults and $27 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more and selected discount dates are $37.

HST is applicable to all ticket prices.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/beauty-beast-cambridge, in person at the box office, or by calling 519-621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

 

November 24, 2017

 
 

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