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Beauty and the Beast by Mount Sentinel Drama

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 2nd, 2011

Beauty and the Beast by Mount Sentinel Drama

@ The Capitol Theatre, Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4

  • Tickets: adult, $12; students and seniors, $10.

It’s a classic story done in a classic style.

Mount Sentinel Secondary School drama department is hosting a three-day presentation of the classic musical, Beauty and the Beast, at the Capitol Theatre.

Directed by Heather Shippit and Patti Humphries, with musical direction by Rick Lingard, the musical is based on the one written by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman.

The show runs from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, with nightly shows at 7:30 p.m., and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale. The first published version of the fairy tale was a rendition by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740.

The best-known written version was an abridgement of her work published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont in Magasin des enfants, ou dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et plusieurs de ses élèves; an English translation appeared in 1757.

Variants of the tale are known across Europe. In France, for example, Zémire et Azor is an operatic version of the story of Beauty and the Beast written by Marmontel and composed by Grétry in 1771. It had enormous success well into the 19th Century. It is based on the second version of the tale.

Source: Wikipedia

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