Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme

The classic story of “Beauty and the Beast” became a smash hit Disney animated film when it hit the theaters in 1991 (can you believe it was that long ago?), and since then, scores of people young and old have sung its most popular tunes.  

Belle and her Beast, along with a cast of characters, brought the music of Alan Menken and lyrics of Howard Ashman and Tim Rice to life, and now you have a chance to see it on the local stage. 

For the next two weekends, you’ll relive the magic at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre when Musicians Ltd. proudly presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” The opening night of the production is on May 23 and it runs until a final matinee performance on June 1. 

The show features nearly 50 students ages 6 to 14 from schools across Grand Cayman, and this year there will be seven shows over two weekends (an additional one to last year due to such a high demand for tickets). In the lead roles are Gwen Stabler as Belle (Beauty), and Karinya Linford as the Beast. 

Some of the proceeds from this show will go toward the Musicians Ltd. Scholarship and bursary program for students with a need for financial assistance. This year, Musicians Ltd. has helped 11 students, nine of them Caymanian, with funding for both instrumental and performing arts lessons. There are also two students currently on a full scholarship for instrumental tuition. 

“It promises to be a wonderful musical evening for all,” says Janine Stabler, musical director, “and I urge you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.” 

The performances are: May 23, 24 and 31 at 7 p.m., and May 24, 25, 31 and June 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For reservations, call 525-6787 or email [email protected] 

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Gwen Stabler and Karinya Linford play the main characters of Beauty and the Beast.
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