Monday, December 10, 2012

A Modern Beauty Meets Her Beast at Downtown Cabaret's Children's Theatre

Fairfield's Lance Gray and Maria Vee fro New Haven star as Beauty and the beast.
Photo courtesy of Downtown Cabaret.
 Downtown Cabaret's Children's Theatre presents a new, modern adaptation of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Cabaret veteran Maria Vee stars in the production she also writes and directs.

Performances on Saturdays and Sundays will be given Jan. 12 - Feb. 17, 2013 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

This adaptation of Beauty and The Beast takes place long ago, far away, where a bullying Prince and his entire castle have been put under a magical enchantment. Close by in the French village of Fromagerie-by-the Sea, Beauty – who likes to be called B, just as Beyonc√© does – is s-o-o-o bored with her little village life. Her only escape is the DVD’s she rents from The Redbox in the village – but there are never any new ones.

When B’s father is caught picking a special rose from the Beast’s garden, he must face death or turn over one of his daughters to the Beast. B sacrifices herself to save her family, and finds herself a prisoner in a castle that resembles some sci-fi or animated movie! She is welcomed warmly by Discoteque, Kernel and Kernel’s Pop - Popcorn Maker, who introduce “B, our guest,” to the rest of the castle family. Eventually as B and the Beast begin to bond over his DVD collection and their love of movies, the castle staff secretly hopes she will be able to break the spell. But time is running out…and who could ever love a Beast?  

Reserved tickets are: $18 and $24: 203-576-1636; downtowncabaret.org;  box office 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport; by US Mail to Beauty and The Beast c/o Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT 06604

Group Sales: contact Coordinator Rosemary Martin Hayduk at 203-576-1634 x 102.

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