Morgan-Wixson Theater Presents Disney’s "Beauty & The Beast Jr."

Friday, 8 Nov 2013, 9:08:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Youth Education/Entertainment Series presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” through Dec. 14.
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Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Youth Education/Entertainment Series presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” through Dec. 14.

Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre this Saturday through Dec. 14.

Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this

stage version includes music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along

with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.

Be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town.

When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he

seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a

horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must

then give up her freedom to save his life.

Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate

transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about

very different people finding strength in one another and learning how

to love.

In August 2012, the readers of LA Parent magazine voted the

Morgan-Wixson’s Youth Education/Entertainment Series as one of the top

two Children’s Theatres in all of Los Angeles.

The Morgan-Wixson’s Annual Youth Musical is a local tradition, now in

its 18th year, and every one of those productions, including Disney’s

“Beauty and the Beast JR.,” has been directed by Anne Gesling, who

continually manages to bring the patrons out in droves to see her

productions.

In 2011, the theatre had record-breaking ticket sales with the

Gesling-directed youth musical “Seussical” and the Los Angeles premiere

of “Pinkalicious, The Musical.”

Gesling continued her successes in 2012-2013 with last season’s box

office pleasers “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Freckleface Strawberry: The

Musical,” and “Madeline & The Gypsies.”

She recently produced sold-out performances of “Le PeTiT CiRqUe: The

Journey of You” and this past summer, she directed the smashing success

“Spamalot!” on the Morgan-Wixson main stage that was also choreographed

by Lauren Blair.

Performances of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm.

Adult tickets are $20 while children 12 and under are $15.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre is located at 2627 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Reserved seats are available at www.morgan-wixson.org or phone 310.828.7519.

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