Drayton Entertainment brings the story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to life at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene.
The story of Belle and a troubled Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress, is considered to be Disney’s most popular musical.
The spell impacts all of the staff in the castle too, transforming them into talking candlesticks, clocks, tea pots and more.
To break it and be free, the Beast has to learn to love and be loved in return before the final petal falls on an enchanted rose. Otherwise, they will all be doomed to their altered appearances for all eternity.
Can Beauty see the truth beneath the Beast’s physical appearance before the last petal falls?
Jessica Gallant anchors the production as Belle, the bookish beauty who dreams of adventures beyond her provincial life. Gallant previously charmed audiences as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and has appeared in numerous productions at the Charlottetown Festival including the role of Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables.
Tony Edgerton returns as the fearsome yet misunderstood Beast who is imprisoned in his enchanted castle as punishment for his selfish ways. The beast becomes increasingly tender as his desire to win Belle’s affection grows, softening his rough exterior as he learns the value of kindness. Edgerton was a fan-favourite during the 2017 run and has appeared in numerous productions in the U.S. including the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Songs range from “Be Our Guest” and “Home,” to “Beauty and the Beast.” After the success of the smash-hit 1991 animated film, Disney soon realized the potential for a stage show. Alan Menken and Tim Rice, who (with Howard Ashman before his death), collaborated to create the music and lyrics for the film, were brought in to write additional songs for the stage production. Since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become one of the most successful screen-to-stage adaptations of all time and garnered nine Tony Award© nominations and a win for Best Costume Design.
Performances run from July 11 to Aug. 10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kingswharftheatre.com, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 705-549-5555.
Photo: Billy Lake and Jessica Gallant in rehearsal for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The show opens July 11 at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene.