Cameron University's Department of Theatre Arts will present "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at the Cameron University Theatre from April 23-26 as the concluding production of its 2008-2009 "Celebrating The Centennial" season. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Based on the 1991 film, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is a charming and highly original fantasy musical comedy for the entire family. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students, and Cameron faculty and staff. CU students are admitted free with their Cameron I.D. For reservations, contact the Cameron University Box Office at (580) 581-2478 between 2 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
With award-winning music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" transports audiences to a lovely French provincial town where the beautiful Belle, a strong-willed yet kind-hearted and misunderstood young woman, lives with her father, Maurice, an eccentric inventor. After warding off the affections of the pompous hunter Gaston, Belle sets out to save Maurice, who has gotten lost in the forest. After finding Maurice imprisoned by the Beast, Belle agrees to become a prisoner forever in order for her father to be released. As the Beast begins to fall in love with Belle, he becomes progressively less beastly. But the spell that binds him can only be broken if the Beast can get Belle to love him in return. And time is running out. The production features songs including "Belle," "Be Our Guest," and "Beauty and the Beast."
The CU Theatre Arts Department is a member of the Southwest Theatre and Film Association and the Oklahoma Community Theatres Association.
April 14, 2009