PASO ROBLES — Atascadero Middle School performers will take on the tale of a beautiful girl and an arrogant prince cursed to live as a terrifying beast in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which opens on Friday June 1 and will run through Sunday June 3 in the AMS Baro Gym.
Disney’s 1991 animated feature film and 1994 Broadway production has been adapted for middle-school aged performers, and will include original songs such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle.” Approximately 40 students from the AMS Drama Club will perform the hour-long musical directed by Drama Teacher Michelle Fink.
“I am so honored to be a part of this great group of students and am so inspired by their commitment to this production,” Fink said. “We are so excited to invite the Atascadero community to be a part of this and to showcase these wonderful, talented kids.”
“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” involves the dramatic tale of an adventurous young girl named Belle, and the Beast, her hideous captor, who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return before time runs out. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff: a loving teapot, a charming candelabra and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible.
Showtimes will be Friday June 1 at 7 p.m; Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m; and Sunday June 3 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The AMS Baro Gym is located on 6501 Lewis Ave. in Atascadero.
Photo courtesy of AMS
AMS drama students have been working hard on the set and rehearsing their parts for their upcoming play.
“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” cast invites the community to “be their guest” to see Belle and the Beast, Gaston and LeFou, Mrs. Poss and Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth and all the enchanted castle characters perform on Friday June 1 through Sunday, June 3 at the Atascadero Middle School Baro Gym.