(Highland Park, Texas) (March 31, 2017) - Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. is playing at Highland Park Middle School starting on Thursday, April 20 for 4 days through Sunday, April 23.
The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney’s 1991 animated feature film. The HPMS cast and crew contains approximately 98 students led by Ms. Allie McKenna along with Musical Director, Ms. Katie McDaniel and Choreographer, Ms. Megan Bates.
“Beauty and the Beast has been one of my favorite plays since it first came out 25 years ago. It made me want to be a performer and truly is a ‘tale as old as time’ that appeals to all ages. Sharing this story with these students has been a dream come true!” said Allie McKenna, Drama Director of HPMS.
Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return – before time runs out. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible.
Beauty and the Beast JR. features classic songs from the Academy Award®- winning film score such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony®-nominated Broadway musical.
All four performances of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. are open to the public and admission is $5.00. Tickets go on sale during lunch Tuesday, April 18th thru Friday April 21, in the HPMS cafeteria, 3555 Granada Avenue, and in the school foyer 30 minutes prior to each performance. Performance times are as follows: Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 PM Friday, April 21st at 4:00pm Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00pm Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm