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.

TV & Broadway Star to Debut at The 1919 Lounge

Tony nominee and TV/film star, Santino Fontana, will entertain two nights only at The 1919 Lounge at the Empire Arts Center in his solo show, “Santino Fontana Sings the American Songbook”.

With his rich voice, dynamic versatility, and charisma, Santino Fontana is one of Broadway’s favorite leading men. His literally charming performance as Prince Topher in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella earned him a Tony nomination and Audience Choice Award. Film and television fans will recognize him as the voice of another prince – the villainous Hans in Disney’s Frozen, as well as the overlooked singing barman, Greg, in the CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Other Broadway credits include Sunday in the Park with George, The Importance of Being Earnest, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), and Billy Elliot.

This is third time the Empire’s historic stage has been transformed into the intimate, one-of-a-kind setting known as The 1919 Lounge. In June of 2016, Broadway star Liz Callaway graced the stage, and in February of this year crooner Tony DeSare entertained audiences over the Valentine’s weekend.

This event has extremely limited seating. Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance as tables are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Table preferences can by made by calling the box office. For tickets call 701-746-5500 or visit www.empireartscenter.com.

Tickets*: $55-$65 (*$10 food or beverage minimum) Lite bites and beverages handcrafted by Brick & Barley
When: September 30th & October 1st at 7:30pm
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201

This event is presented by The Bob & Sally Clayburgh Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by Aflac, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, RH Standard, Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling, Susan Nord Designs, & Thrivent Financial. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Crane Group.