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The Guild Musical Theatre School's production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opens tonight in Charlottetown

These famous characters in "Beauty and the Beast" will light up the stage this week when the Disney musical opens at The Guild in Charlottetown. The show runs Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3. From left are Mrs. Potts (Siobhan Armstrong), Cogsworth (Larissa Storey), Lumiere (Catherine Cummins), Chip (Alexis Rashed) and Babette (Olivia Bruce).
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Guild Musical Theatre School presents Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” at The Guild in Charlottetown beginning this evening and running Feb. 23-24, as well as March 1-3.

Director Lori Linkletter says members of her advanced music theatre class have been rehearsing the musical, which includes the popular song, “Be our Guest”, since October.

“It’s a huge undertaking and pleasure to mount Broadway’s ‘Beauty and the Beast with our students. (They have) been hard at work,” says Linkletter, adding it’s also “fabulous” to have the Broadway recordings to accompany the performance.

In addition to the students, the cast features Mitchell McNally from Holland College SOPA’s program, as the Beast, and Kathleen Henthorn, a Grade 9 Queen Charlotte student, as Belle.

“The wacky castle characters will keep you well entertained and no one can outdo Gaston, played by Nathaniel Ing,” she adds.

The Guild has been presenting children’s programming under Linkletter’s direction, and “Beauty and The Beast” will not disappoint, says Alana Jankov, The Guild’s executive director.

“Lori’s perspective is that it is a true blessing to have the privilege to work with the talented young performers in The Guild Children’s Theatre Program,” she says.

McNally, a student at the Holland College SOPA is also excited about the show.

“I thought that Beast was a very interesting character to portray and I’m rather proud with how I ended up playing him. As far as the kids go, I’m very impressed with how much work they put into the show and how much talent they all have.”

Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” is an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. Time is running out and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
 

Just the facts

What: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”.

When and where: Feb. 22-24, March 1-3, The Guild, Corner of Queen and Richmond Streets.

Tickets: Available from the box office, by calling 902-620-3333.

Website: Go to theguildpei.com.

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