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Arts One Presents Brings the Magic with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Arts One Presents’ magical summer musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will light up the stage July 18-28 at the Pat Ellison Performing Arts Center in Springdale. The highly anticipated production is directed by actor and poet Na’Tosha De’Von.

 

The classic narrative unfolds as Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, crosses paths with the Beast, a young prince trapped in the spell of an enchantress. The fate of the Beast and his household hangs in the balance — only true love can break the curse before time runs out.

 

This “tale as old as time” will be told by a cast of 51 members of the Northwest Arkansas community, with an additional 20 local musicians making up the live orchestra. Cheri Headrick is at the helm of music direction and conducting for this AOP production. The directing team also includes Assistant Director Betsy Jilka and choreographer Blake Worthey.

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring the entire community together for family-friendly theater at its best,” said Anne Jackson, executive director of Arts One Presents. “We love that this summer musical brings together student musicians to play alongside SoNA-level talent and that professional actors share the stage with youth who are just getting their feet wet in theater.”

 

As a partner of Springdale Public Schools, Arts One Presents incorporates students and youth alongside theater and music professionals to grow the next generation of talent and skilled production crews. Join Arts One Presents on this magical journey as it brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Northwest Arkansas stage for an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Tickets are available on the Arts One Presents website.

For more information, visit www.artsonepresents.org.

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