TheaterWorks ready to bring ‘Beauty and the Beast’

“Beauty and the Beast” opens May 3 at TheaterWorks in Peoria. [Submitted photo]

TheaterWorks will open Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” for an opening night 7 p.m. curtain Friday, May 3 inside Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive.

“Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries,” a theatre news release states. “Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.”

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. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The production runs through May 19.

Also during the run will be “Tea with Belle,” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Guests can don their favorite princess dress and enter the Beast’s enchanted castle to celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon filled with fun, laughter and games. The cost is $25 in addition to that day’s performance ticket.

TheaterWorks was founded in September of 1986 as a non-profit community theater. In February 2007 TheaterWorks moved to a new permanent venue, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, a $13 million facility, and signed a 20-year facility management agreement with the City of Peoria.

TheaterWorks is the resident theater company at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.



What: “Beauty and the Beast”

When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 3. Productions runs through May 19.

Where: Gyder Theater, inside the Peoria Center for Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive

Tickets: $18

More Information: Email or call 623-815-7930

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