Production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will run Wednesday to July 24
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Belle, played by Torie Winkler of Woodstock, discovers the Beast is actually Prince Roland, Justin Filson of Woodstock, in the Elm Street Players Production of Beauty and the Beast. The show is Wednesday to July 24 at City Center Auditorium in Woodstock. <br> Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Belle, played by Torie Winkler of Woodstock, discovers the Beast is actually Prince Roland, Justin Filson of Woodstock, in the Elm Street Players Production of Beauty and the Beast. The show is Wednesday to July 24 at City Center Auditorium in Woodstock.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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Belle’s father, Louis LeClerc, left, played by Chris Hotz of Woodstock, begs for mercy from the Beast.
Belle’s father, Louis LeClerc, left, played by Chris Hotz of Woodstock, begs for mercy from the Beast.
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Belle, played by Torie Winkler of Woodstock, insists on sacrificing herself to the Beast in order to save her father, portrayed by Chris Hotz of Woodstock, as, from left, Marie the maid (Sarah Shepherd), and her siblings: Bernadette (Savannah Milligan), Gerard (Andrew Shepherd), Jacques (Andrew Smith), Jean Paul (Austin Branks) and Brigitte (Nicole Adamson) react to her decision.
Belle, played by Torie Winkler of Woodstock, insists on sacrificing herself to the Beast in order to save her father, portrayed by Chris Hotz of Woodstock, as, from left, Marie the maid (Sarah Shepherd), and her siblings: Bernadette (Savannah Milligan), Gerard (Andrew Shepherd), Jacques (Andrew Smith), Jean Paul (Austin Branks) and Brigitte (Nicole Adamson) react to her decision.
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The prince’s valet, Henri, T.J. Brown of Woodstock, is shocked to find him changed to the Beast.
The prince’s valet, Henri, T.J. Brown of Woodstock, is shocked to find him changed to the Beast.
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Village merchants gossip about Belle in the song ‘Have You Heard.’ From left are Ivy Gibbins, Beth Stafford, Savannah Carmichael, Careylin North and Katie Wickline.
Village merchants gossip about Belle in the song ‘Have You Heard.’ From left are Ivy Gibbins, Beth Stafford, Savannah Carmichael, Careylin North and Katie Wickline.
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From staff reports

WOODSTOCK — An adaptation of the classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast” closes the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center summer theater season with shows that start Wednesday and run through July 24.

First told more than 200 years ago, the tale is a reminder to look beyond appearances into the true nature of the human spirit, said composer/playwright G. Lora Grooms, who is also the artistic director of Elm Street.

Originally one of several stories written in the 18th century by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont, La Belle et la Bete, or “Beauty and the Beast,” is the best known.

It was turned into a ballet divertissement as part of the Mother Goose Suite by composer Maurice Ravel in 1912. And there are, of course, many film and stage adaptations.

“It was my goal when creating my own version to bring out the entire de Beaumont story, as every facet adds to the overall message,” Grooms said.

Directed by Kennesaw State University theater major Casey Hofmann, who played a supporting role in the 2008 production at the old Towne Lake Arts Center, the cast has been rehearsing since the beginning of June.

Amy Noel Welch plays piano as music director, providing live accompaniment to each performance, Grooms said.

“I created a new song and some additional reprises for this year’s production,” said Grooms, “to fill out certain scenes that could benefit from more songs. It’s been a pleasure, as always, working with Amy and the cast to musically enhance the production.”

Volunteer artistic support includes specialty stage makeup for the Beast by L. Harmony Reid, sets by Jim and Cindy Flanders and Shannon Sokol and costumes by Julie Sokol and Laura Crawford.

Additional technical support is provided by volunteers Brian Gamel, Samantha Marie Kuzian, Kristina Welch, Kyle Eason, Hannah Gilliam, Katelyn Chupp, Emily Leifson and Emma Tilt.

Woodstock residents Torie Winkler and Justin Filson play the title roles, sharing the stage with fellow cast members Chris Hotz, Jennifer Jones, Grace Regan, T.J. Brown, Andrew Shepherd, Andrew Smith, Austin Branks, Savannah Milligan, Nicole Adamson, Sarah Shepherd, Savannah Carmichael, Katie Wickline, Ivy Gibbins, Ross Ruda, Careylin North, Beth Stafford, Katie Gilliam and Carys Jeffrey.

Performances are at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. on July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at the City Center Auditorium at 8534 Main St., the corner of Towne Lake Parkway and Main Street, the old Woodstock Community Church building.

Tickets are sold online for $10 including tax and fees at www.elmstreet

arts.org or at the door for $12.

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