SAF Young People's Theater: Beauty And The Beast, 12/2 - 12/4!

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater kicks off its 24th season with the middle school production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. The performance is directed by Leah Heidenreich and stars 28 middle school children in grades 6-8. The happening is live at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2022, 6 p.m. nightly; doors 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children 18 and under. Lap children are free. Tickets are $1 more at the door to encourage people to buy in advance. Ticket purchasers will get the chance to meet the stars of the show immediately following the performance. Parents are welcome to take photos of their children with the actors still in costume on stage.

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Director Leah Heidenreich shares the following about Beauty and the Beast Jr.:

“This story is so beloved. It stirs up so much nostalgia for people of all ages and is truly the perfect holiday show! With a score full of all the favorite songs from the original Disney movie, people of all ages will delight in this really sweet production that our middle school kids have worked so hard to bring to life. One of my favorite things about the staged version of Beauty & The Beast is the larger-than-life costumes! Seeing a walking, talking wardrobe and teapot is pretty fun. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this show if you don’t have a kiddo with you. Adults will love it too!”

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. tells the classic story of transformation. The plot is centered on Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

“Beauty & The Beast JR. has all the classic tunes we know and love: “Be Our Guest,” “Beauty And The Beast,” and “Gaston” to name a few. Also included are some new song written for the Broadway production too!

Cast Of Characters:

Piper Allen: Belle
Elijah Aumiller: Gaston
Adelaide Aura: Ensemble
Stanley Birrittella: Ensemble
Ayva Borden: Chip
Althea Bordogna: Ensemble
Ella Browne: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Madalyn Charleston: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Ruby Cieciuch: Mrs. Potts
Will DiFiore: Maurice/Ensemble
Paige Downer: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Maremilia Flannery: Ensemble
Jane Fox: Madame De La Grande Bouche
Miles Hemphill: Beast Double/Ensemble
Leif Henschel: Lefou
Cora Krasic: Ensemble
Madeline Rae McConnell: Ensemble
Teagan O’Dell: Narrator/Ensemble
Sara Parrish: Ensemble
Barrett Prince: Ensemble
Brady Ramirez: Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble
Lola Randall: Enchantress/Ensemble
Eleanor Rosen: Cogsworth
Zander Sante: Lumiere
Quincy Shoff: Babette
Eddie Shupp: Ensemble
Evan Stogner: Beast
Pepper Tyson: Ensemble

Joining Heidenreich behind the scenes are Amy Bolte on set design; Tommy Wince on lighting design; Colin Casanova on sound design; and Traci Baize on costume design.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the CCAASE, Colorado Creative Industries, the Telluride Foundation, the Johnson Family Foundation and Just For Kids Foundation.

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