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  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


he 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 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. 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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