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West Performing Arts Center
18695 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, Wisconsin 53146
Tale as Old as Time: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast presented by West Community Theatre
All the great love stories involve overcoming impediments – problems of distance or social strata, family bonds or rival lovers. “Beauty and the Beast” – the fairy tale romance – shares the famous love story of a wolf-man type beast living in a gloomy, fortified castle and a strong-willed, smart and pretty girl living in a sunny village. Differences abound: he’s mean, eats from a bowl and has Belle’s father locked in a cell. She’s sweet, loves to read books and lives in a cottage in the forest. But in the end, love triumphs. The story’s exception endurance – a tale as old as time, as the teapot reminds us – rests in the core theme that no manner how hideous or beastly we may appear, one can give and receive love powerful enough to dispel the differences. Premiering weekends, July 14 through July 23, the tale of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is told at West Performing Arts Center’s in New Berlin, WI.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast began as an idea for an animated movie in 1930s with Walt Disney. Attempts were made then and later in the 1950s but proved to challenging to create. Finally in 1991, the American animated musical, romantic fantasy drama film was released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the 1740’s French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, “Beauty and the Beast” has endured as a beloved story, animated movie, on-stage musical and the recent release of a movie setting box office records and promoting the story to a new generation. The musical features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and the book by Linda Woolverton.
West Community Theatre brings the story of Belle, the non-traditional village girl with an equally odd inventor father to life on stage. In WCT’s production, Belle is played by Nicole Jakuniak. Her father (David Jirik) is imprisoned by the Beast (Joseph Gallo). To free her father from imprisonment, Belle offers herself as a prisoner where she meets enchanted items Cogsworth (Jordan Pollard), Lumiere (Zachary Beeksma), Mrs. Potts (Ashley Sprangers) and her son, Chip (Bryanna Madson), Babette (Hope O'Reilly) and Madame de la Grande Bouche, the wardrobe (Jamie Hallenberger). Belle is pursued by Gaston (Ben Briselden) a narcissistic, self-centered and superficial individual who wants to marry Belle. His comedic, buffoon sidekick, LeFoe, is played by Justin Foster
West Community Theatre began in 2013 with a production of Nunsense and the new Summer Theatre Workshop for youth grades 5 to 12. Since then, the adult community theatre has performed Little Shop of Horrors, Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, and Wizard of Oz While the Youth Theatre adds Into the Woods, Jr (July 28) to its repertoire of Willy Wonka Jr, High School Musical Jr, Aladdin Jr and Shrek Jr. The company also featured those crazy nuns in Nunsense sequels for the three years.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will perform at the West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin. More than 80 community actors, artists and musicians will be featured in the production. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Reserved seating ticket prices are Adults $15, Seniors (60+) $12, Students $10, Children $7. Tickets can be purchased on-line, at the administrative office of New Berlin West Middle and High School Monday through Thursdays from 8am to 2pm, and at the WestPAC box office the day of the show, open one hour prior to curtain. On-line ticket purchase includes reserving seats in advance and is strongly encouraged to reduce wait time in line or late curtain times.
See nbexcellence.org/community/westpac.cfm for more information. Call (262) 789-6406 for voice.
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