The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings Harbor Community Theater (BHCT) will be presenting a three-week run of "Beauty and the Beast," which opens Friday, May 17, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center.

Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, as well as the following Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 2.

The live stage performance tells the story of a young prince who becomes transformed into a terrible beast. The beast lives secluded in his castle for many years along with his animated household who are changing into castle objects slowly over time. The fearful spell can only be broken when he truly learns to love - and can earn the love of another.

But who can love a beast? All seems hopeless until fate brings a young woman into his world.

The heroine, Belle, lives with her father in a nearby village where Gaston, the local bully, pursues her relentlessly.Along with his sidekick, Lefou, Gaston plans to have Belle's father incarcerated, thereby forcing Belle to marry him.

In the meantime Belle's father, Maurice, wanders off and becomes a prisoner in the beast's castle. While searching for her father, Belle arrives at the castle and convinces the beast to trade her life for that of her father's. Angered by Belle's capture, Gaston organizes an angry mob and a mighty battle between the enchanted objects, the villagers, Gaston and the beast will bring the story to its finale.

BHCT welcomes Lisa Price to the stage as Belle and Jamie Gagnon plays the beast. The role of Gaston is performed by Dilan Cuthbertson during the first six shows and by Todd Pearson during the final three. Pam Lynn plays Mrs. Potts during the first weekend and Friday and Saturday during the second weekend. Teddi Bokovoy plays the role on the second matinee and on the final weekend.

Lead performers include Kevin Sumner as Cogsworth, Matthew Perez as Lumiere, Katherine McPherson as Babette, Dylan Panter as Lefou, Brad McPherson as Maurice, Susie La Valley as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Cecilia Hilton as Chip, Paul Fleming as the narrator, and 40 additional cast members play the townspeople, silly girls, wolves, and enchanted objects.

"Beauty and the Beast" is based on the Academy Award winning Disney animated film of the same name and features production numbers including "Be Our Guest" all penned and composed by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.Choreographers include Michaela George and Lynette McPherson. Costumes are by Norma Starbard, Bonnie Jorgenson, Lynette McPherson, Glenna Niemie, and Dori Blodgett. Properties are by Pati Gibson and the lights and sound crew include Shawna Lynn, Sennett Vest and Daniel McPherson. Set backdrops were designed and painted by Susan Dodgen and Kristin Gagnon. Stage Manager Lynette McPherson leads a five-member team behind the scenes, and Tiffany Van Maren is the house manager.

Ticket prices for this production sponsored by Grocery Outlet in Harbor are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and New Wave Video in Harbor. Call 541-469-4700 for reservations and information.

Harbor Performing Arts Center is located in the Brookings Harbor Shopping Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.