Waldo youth prep ‘Disney's Beauty’
Waldoboro — The Waldo Theatre is preparing to present its fall youth musical, “Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” opening Friday, Nov. 2 for a six-performance run at the downtown venue, Main Street/Route 220.
When the town's eccentric inventor, "crazy old Maurice" (Norbert Ferrero), gets lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle inhabited by enchanted household items (Aidan Giasson as Mrs. Potts, Tristan Hearth as Chip, Kayleigh Tolley as Lumiere, Amelia Rosko as Cogsworth, Ivy Laakso as Babette, Katherine Tolley as Madame de la Grande Buche) and a terrible beast (Sam Inman). His daughter, Belle (Emma Tolley), goes in search of him after being taunted by her unsavory suitor, Gaston (Christina McClure), and his trusty sidekick, LeFou (Andrew Lyndaker).
The narrators (Thomas Coombs, Justice Kennedy, Chris Holmes, Gabe Ferrero and Cayleigh Hearth) help spin this tale along with the very talented ensemble including Lydia Laslavic, Katherine McCue, Honora Boothby and Victoria Libby as the silly girls; Nate Carlson as Msr. D'Arque, the bookseller and the prince; Daniel Vannah as the baker; Hermione Blanchard-Fleming as Marie; and Katie Powers, Kaylin Lizotte, Edwin Stone, Zaniah Puchalski, Haley Puchalski and Molly Jennings as enchanted objects, saloon patrons and villagers.
The show features music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The book was written by Linda Woolverton. “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is directed by Melissa Hearth with music direction by Aaron Robinson; lights by Jim Buckingham, Chris Powers and Chrys Hearth; costumes by Sue Ghoreyeb, Donna McClure, Lucy Craib, Melissa Hearth and Lucy Laslavic; stage management Chris Holmes; choreography Melissa Hearth and Aidan Giasson; and set by Tod Widdecombe, Kim Tolley and Melissa Hearth.
Evening performances will be Fridays, Nov. 2 and 9 at 7 p.m. Matinee performances will be Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at the door a half-hour hour before performances; and in advance at Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro and Maine Coast Book Store in Damariscotta. Reservations can be made by leaving a message at 832-6060 or writing to email@example.com.
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