Thursday, Jan 4, 2018
"I Want Adventure in the Great Wide"
Beauty and the Beast at the Hub
Theatre Jan 10-21
AnneLise Woyke, exec dir CSOPA/Website photo
classic "tale as old as time" 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
But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he
and his household will be doomed for all eternity. On the surface, this
seems to be a love story between two people, however, as the story
unfolds, it becomes clear that this is a tale of learning to see past
what we think we know, past our fears of what we don’t understand, of
what is different, to truly learn to love, accept and understand each
other in spite of our differences.
Beauty and the Beast, is based on a book by Linda Woolverton, and on
the Disney film of the same name. The gorgeous score, written by Alan
Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, will be once again played
by a live orchestra. Full of familiar songs from the movie, along with
some catchy new ones, this adventure promises the story you know and
love, but still manages to surprise along the way.
Belle is played by Hailey Hanson, the Beast by Yiorgos Sahamis. Gaston
is brought to life by Caylen Braun, and Lumiere and Cogsworth are played
by Katie Schram and Robyn Jensen respectively. With an incredible,
seasoned cast of performers to round out the rest of the story, the
world comes to life in a magical and entertaining way.
Lisa Braun is the director, Lisa Zimmer the vocal director, Kyra Esau is
the choreographer, and Trischa Buhler is the orchestra director. The set
was designed by Vancouver-based artist, Brian Ball, costumes by Emily
Hamel, Lighting Design by Jamea Lister and
Hair and Makeup Design by Raven Regino. This year, CSOPA has
added a fight and intimacy choreographer to the team, Vancouver-base
certified fight director, Phay Gagnon to deal with all the awesome stage
combat and swordplay seen in the show.
Each year, CSOPA (Chilliwack Studio of Performing Arts), a non-profit
arts education company, mounts a full scale pre-professional musical
with young adults performing. The cast and production are supported by
industry professionals in design and direction. Beauty and the Beast
previews on January 10th and 11th (7:30pm), and the show opens on
Friday, January 12th, and runs until Sunday, January 21st at the
Chilliwack Cultural Centre.
Show times 7:30pm
January 10,11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, and 2pm matinée performances
Adults $22, students/seniors $18. All seats January 10 and 11 are $10.
All tickets will be charged an additional $2.30 facility fee. Tickets
can be purchased by calling the Cultural Centre box office
at 604-391-SHOW (7469)
CSOPA is a non-profit, pre-professional youth theatre company.
Non-profit means that we are a registered charity. We work hard to keep
tuition low, and in order to do that we rely on the generosity of
grants, sponsors, and fundraising. Without that support our tuition
would be three times what it is. Pre-professional means that we work
hard to ensure that the education that our students receive is in line
with the priorities and expectations of the professional theatre
community. we hold our students to a high standard of excellence, and we
focus on building the skills and a foundation of professionalism in
performance and practice that will carry our students through life,
whether they continue on in theatre or pursue other goals.
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