Disney Classic to Hit the Empire Stage

The Empire Theatre Company will open its seventh season with the classic tale, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. Filled with beloved songs like “Tale as Old as Time”, this production is a musical treat for the whole family. Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is generously sponsored by The Bob & Sally Clayburgh Family Foundation.

Based on Disney’s animated classic film, Beauty & the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful, bright, and independent young French woman. Belle’s attempt to rescue her imprisoned father leads to her capture by the Beast, who was given his hideous form by an enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return before the last petals of his magical rose fall. The clock ticks and the Beast’s enchanted household watches anxiously - will they fall in love before it is too late?

The creative team for Disney’s Beauty & the Beast includes: Chris Berg, director; Amanda LeFloch, music director; Patrick Kasper, choreographer; Maddie Sharpe, stage manager; Walter Criswell, assistant stage manager; Amy Lyste, costumer; Chris Olsen, set designer; Tyler Smith, sound designer; and Cedar Remmen, lighting designer. This production features regional actors Floyd Althoff, AnneMarie Brack, Bailey Bradford, Seth Cline, Killian Coffinet-Crean, Mark Diers, Mirko Drago, Matt Dunham, Maura Ferguson, Anna Huck, Taylor Jung, Darin Kerr, Alex Kleven, Christopher Knutson, Daniella Lima, Ivy McGurran, Max Pickett, Abby Plumley, Cathleen Pollot, Daysha Ramsey, Nicque Robinson-Dela Cruz, Zachary Sanders, Lauren Sanner, Bethany Van Eps, and Eden Volk.

When: August 7-11 & 14-18 at 7:30pm
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tickets: $16 for children 10 & under, $20 for students/military, $24 for adults
Purchase tickets weekdays at 701-746-5500 or anytime at www.empireartscenter.com.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is supported in part by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. Disney's Beauty & the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

The Empire Theatre Company is a program of the Empire Arts Center. The Empire Theatre Company’s mission is to produce contemporary plays and musicals that are well-crafted and bold. Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is the Empire Theatre Company’s first show of the season, which also includes Scrooge in Rouge, Next to Normal, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.