Beauty and the Beast Brings Original Classic Tale to Life at Essex Hall Theatre

monica_dottorUniversity Players’ productions of Laurence Boswell’s Beauty and the Beast brings the classic tale to life with breathtaking movement and music. Director Monica Dottor dusts off the well-known story and takes us on a journey from Beauty’s childhood home into the palace of a magical and terrifying Beast.

There Beauty must find her way through a dreamlike world of magical mirrored rooms, enchanted objects, and fantastic food, to confront the Beast and free the Prince trapped within.

Monica Dottor brings her experience as an actor, director and choreographer to the UP stage, inviting audiences of all ages to experience the thrill of Beauty’s adventure through a unique blend of choreographed dance and scene work. A large story book appears on stage, and the ensemble, clothed in vaudeville-inspired looks designed by Esther Van Eek, seem to be the players of the past, brought to life as the dusty tome is opened once again.

Surprises are found behind every door of set designer Joshua Quinlan’s multi-paneled playing space, as Beauty discovers the true nature of the Beast, her desires, her dreams – and herself.

Beauty and the Beast opens November 29 with an 8pm performance at Essex Hall Theatre.
The show runs approximately 2 hours. Recommended for ages 7+. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.universityplayers.com or by calling the box office at 519-253-3000 x2808. Kids tickets are just $8, and regular price tickets start at $19.

Photo: Monica Dottor