The story that began with a cursed castle and a single rose will be told in the latest production of the Area Community Theatre in Mitchell.
“Beauty and The Beast” premiers on the Pepsi-Cola Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and finishes opening weekend with a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Three more performances will be held at the ACT at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3-4 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 5.
Director Cat Erickson said the audience can expect to see a few twists in the traditional love story. With a cast of 37, some actors playing multiple roles and tech members making cameo appearances.
“We’ve used everybody that we possible can on stage in one way or another,” Erickson said.
The adaptation of the show will also include appearances from what Erickson calls “littles,” played by the younger cast members.
“We have a little Lumiere and Babette, and little silly girls,” she said. “We’ve added some of that to give some depth to the characters.”
Another feature the show is excited to have is live accompaniment by a pianist. For the past 10 years, in many of the ACT musicals the cast sang with a recording. The cast is grateful to have live accompaniment to help create the magic.
“Just having the piano makes a difference and I think actors sing better with a piano than with the canned music,” Erickson said.
The production runs about 2½ hours and includes intermission. Tickets for the production are selling out fast. Tickets can still be purchased at the box office, by calling (605) 996-9137 or through ACT’s website, mitchellact.org.