AS stages 'Beauty and the Beast' this weekend


Andes — Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, on the Andes Central School stage.  Shows at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and a 1 p.m. Sunday matinee will provide ample opportunity for everyone to discover that beauty resides from within. 

The loss of humanity and the quest to regain it is the emotional core and central theme of this classic fairy tale that includes some very unusual characters who find strength in one another as they learn how to love.

  ACS senior Kelsey Little stars in the role of Belle, a vibrant intelligent young beauty held captive in an old castle.  The master of the castle is a horrid beast, hot-tempered and commanding on the outside but with a warm, loving heart buried deep within.  Junior Jonathan Andrews, a local favorite on the ACS stage, plays the Beast.

  The story includes a cast of unusual, sometimes enchanted characters including seniors Tristin Tate as Lumiere, a suave French debonair candelabra and Jade Litaker as Mrs. Potter, a warm-hearted, maternal, enchanted teapot.  Jeda Grapes, with a breakout role as the Pirate King in last fall’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” returns as the egotistical, ultra-masculine villain Gaston.

  The show is directed by Ed Sanford with multi-dimensional expertise provided by Eloise Harris and Lisa Valkaveck.  “Beauty and the Beast” is based on a 1991 Disney film of the same with a Broadway run spanning 14 years.  The show features lyrics by Alan Minken, and music by the late, great Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.