Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Roars into the Owen Theatre

By: Georgeanna Spellman

On Friday, September 1st, the magical story of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST roars into The Owen Theatre at 225 Metcalf in downtown Conroe!  The Players Theatre Company is proud to bring this production to The Owen Stage!

Director Carole Lamont was once again overwhelmed by the turn-out to audition for the show. With close to one hundred auditioning, Carole had very difficult choices to make. “It is a director’s dream to have such a great turn-out! I was very blessed with having so many great singers and actors audition for me. I wanted to use everyone, but just couldn’t.”

The cast of forty-nine is anxious to bring the story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to life on The Owen’s stage.  The story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is based on a true story that took place long ago in France. While the real story of Petrus and Catherine Gonsalvus did not have magic clocks or dancing dishes, it was a story of love and courage. Petrus suffered from a genetic condition known as Ambras Syndrome which caused him to have an abnormal amount of hair growth making him appear to be a beast. Catherine saw beyond his looks and discovered the wonderful person hidden behind “the beast.” In Disney’s story, Belle does the same and not only discovers her true love, but saves the lives of all in the castle who have been cursed by an Enchantress’ magic spell.

Disney brought the story to life in one of its most beloved full-length animated productions. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST premiered in 1991 on the big screen to the delight of audiences. It was Disney’s 30th animated feature film. The stage production exhibits Alan Menken’s beautiful music score with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rich, and book by Linda Woolverton. The Players Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Joining Lamont again is her great music team of Vocal Director Robert Lewis, Orchestra Conductor Sal Jimenez.  “I couldn’t do it without these two! They are the best! They bring great talent and experience which helps to push the production to greater heights. I loved working with them on MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID.  I know this show will be as wonderful.”  Also joining the team again is costumer Lynn Peverill. “I can’t wait to see the finished product.  Lynn performs magic on-stage with her costumes! I just know they will be beautiful and will truly enhance the production.”

With so many potential cast members to choose from, decisions were difficult, but Carole and Robert couldn’t be prouder of the cast for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Making-up the cast is:

Belle Kelly Schroeder

Beast Dave Kerr

Gaston Trevor Hall

Lefou Mark Waddell

Maurice Philip Harris

Narrator/D’Arque Darren Orta

Prince Ethen Garcia

Enchantress Andi Roberts

Cogsworth Zachary Kirk

Lumiere Joshua Yost

Mrs. Potts Kimberly Lambright

Chip Della Wallace

Babette Kathleen Baker

Madame DeLaGrande Buche Sarah Maddux-Kerr

The Rose McKenna Hartlein

The Bookseller Dan Jackson

Silly Girl Avea Zamora

Silly Girl Payton Mixon

Silly Girl Ashley Lambright

Villagers Adrian Banda, Emma Broussard, Foster Carthern, Christina Cooper, Perrin Cooper, Landon Edwards, Meredith Fisk, Ethen Garcia, Giny Gonzalez, Kelley Harris, Dan Jackson, Amy Kramr, Gracie Kramr, Ashley Lambright, Payton Mixon, Steve Murphre, Darren Orta, Landon Pate, Alec Patton, Kati Robison, Sierra Westra, and Avea Zamora.

Castle Residents Grace Brown, Mikka DeLa Cruz, Kevin Downs, Lauren Ferro, Abigail Hudson, Elizabeth Hudson, Cailin Kerr, Monaé Lott, Monique Lott,

David Martinez, Jacelyn Miles, Landon Pate, Andi Roberts, Kelley Anne Roland, and Danielle Stringfellow.

Wolves Christina Cooper, Lauren Ferro, Sierra Westra.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST roars into The Owen Theatre Friday, September 1st and runs through Saturday, September 23rd. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights, September 1,2,8,9,15,16,22 and 23 at 8pm. Sundays, September 10 and 17 at 2pm. For information or to purchase tickets, please call 936-539-4090 or visit our website at www.owentheatre.com.

Also, check our Facebook page, The Players Theatre Company at  facebook.com/ThePlayersTheatreCompany, for information about “Sunday Tea with Belle!” Information for the times and how to make reservations for the “Sunday Tea” will be posted soon.

Don’t wait to make your plans to see Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Tickets are on sale now!