St. Matthew’s drama department to present ‘Beauty and the Beast’

A “Tale as Old as Time” will be told by the music and drama department of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights.

On April 27, the stage curtains will part and area actors will bring to life the family musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature, the show will be a hit for everyone.

The Walt Disney classic has been receiving plenty of buzz lately due to the live-action version of the story, which was released last month and is at the top of the box office charts with almost $1 billion in ticket sales.

“We applied to do ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last year but didn’t get it so it is pretty exciting we’re doing it now,“ said music director Carol Blase. “We had no idea they were making the movie when we applied but it is really exciting. It is going to be a great show.”

The stage production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” unfolds as an arrogant prince and his castle’s servants are put under a spell by a wicked enchantress. To break the curse, the prince must learn to love and be loved in return or else remain a beast forever.

When Belle’s father goes missing, she finds him as a prisoner of the transformed prince and takes her father’s place. With the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of the darkness.

The cast includes Anissa Lubbers as Belle and James Ehlenz as Beast. Other featured performers include Anthony Tallarico as Gaston, David Chizek as Maurice, Gary Peterson as Cogsworth, Aaron Lapasz as Lumiere, Marcia Chizek as Mrs. Potts and Helena Lubbers as Chip.

“This show really drew a whole new crop of people,“ said Blase. “Hearing the voices come together – we have a really great chorus.”

Head director is Vanessa Powers, assistant director is Renee Chizek, music director is Carol Blase and the coreographer is Monica George.

Held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 4101 Washington Street NE, in Columbia Heights, the dinner theatre performances are April 29 and May 6 and begin at 7 p.m. for $20. Performance only shows will be April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. for $10. Matinée shows will be on Sunday April 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets to the dinner theater performances must be purchased by the April 26 and May 3.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 763-788-9427 or by emailing Carol Blase at [email protected]

Proceeds from the show will benefit the church’s music, drama and teen programs.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]