Musical Theater Center Company presents Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast, Jr.'

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cast of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” includes (from left) Sydney Kindsvater, Eliza Turner and Piper Reinwald. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Musical Theater Center Company (MTCC) is proud to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr on May 4 and 5 at The Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Experience the magic of professional theater for kids by kids. Tickets are available for three performances: Saturday, May 4 at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. with a run time of one hour. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at www.once-upon-a-ballet.com.

Adapted from the popular Disney movie and the 1994 Broadway hit, “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” features a talented all-children's cast performing classic songs such as “Be Our Guest” and “Tale as Old as Time.” The story centers around a prince who is transformed into a Beast and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return, or he will remain a Beast forever.

Musical Theater Center Company is the non-profit division of Once Upon a Ballet. Allyson Lewis is co-founder of The Musical Theater Center Company, along with director Courtney Sarre, and producer of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” The MTCC shares the joy of children's theater through free public performances, including visits to nursing homes and participation in community events and fairs. MTCC also works with the Charleston County school system by bringing performances to individual schools and after-school programs, thereby allowing all children to experience the joy of theater, regardless of financial capability. MTCC inspires the community through powerful and exceptional stage productions made up entirely of child actors including enhanced design backgrounds, costuming, makeup, and strong leadership.

“Our show is pure family entertainment.” said Courtney Sarre, director of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” “What makes The Musical Theater Center Company unique is the professionally trained cast, and their effect on children in the audience. A performance cast made up entirely of children has proven to connect with families and other children in a way that is powerful and effective that adult theater cannot.”

The cast is composed of children from the ages of 5-12, who commit to a rigorous schedule of ballet, jazz, vocals and acting to achieve the polished shows that the Musical Theater Center Company has gained a reputation for. MTCC also has an upcoming production of “Peter Pan” at the Wando High School Performing Arts Center on June 8 and 9. Details for both shows and ticket information can be found at http://www.once-upon-a-ballet.com , on The Musical Theater Center Facebook page, or by calling the studio at 216-6671. You can also check out their summer camps.

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