‘Beauty and the Beast’ returns to Stephens Auditorium April 10

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Ames as part of the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series.

Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at Stephens Auditorium on April 10. For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” features the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Director Rob Roth: “It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of “Beauty and the Beast”. As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work 15 years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. The theme of ‘Beauty’ is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to 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.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will open at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets are $58, $54 adults; $28 youth 18 and under; $25 ISU Students. The “Beauty and the Beast” events are sponsored by Bankers Trust.

Beyond the Stage Event:

A special family craft event, which is free and open to all ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the show. The family craft time is hosted by Bankers Trust in the Celebrity Caf, located in the north ground floor lobby.