ZACH Theatre Announces Cast for Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Austin’s ZACH Theatre is bringing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to life on the Topfer Stage from July 11 to September 2 featuring the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The production is coming together under the direction of Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Sara Burke.

This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, the book-smart and adventurous young woman and the Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his housekeepers including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases an award-winning score with favorites such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.” This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations.

 Briana Brooks as Belle in ZACH Theatre's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photos by Kirk Tuck

Briana Brooks as Belle in ZACH Theatre's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photos by Kirk Tuck

“Sharing this story about the transformational power of love with a multi-generational audience fits beautifully within ZACH's mission to entertain, to inspire and to ignite the imagination,” Director Abe Reybold explained about bringing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Topfer Stage this summer. “This may be the first stage show that many young people see, and I am creatively charged to make Beauty and the Beast magical, truthful and filled with laughter. The design team has done wonders and I am excited to work with the talented cast on this well-crafted Disney classic with its big melodic heart and so many wonderful lessons within.”

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m. ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible, and discounts are available for groups of eight or more. Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID).

The Moody Foundation and AT&T are Presenting Sponsors of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Silicon Labs as Leading Sponsor, Maria and Eric Groten and Carl and Claire Stuart as Executive Producer Plus, Anna, Cindy, and John Greenwood, Carla and Jack McDonald, Michelle and Erik Natinsky as Executive Producers, and Norton Rose Fulbright and KMFA as a Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

  • Briana Brooks – Belle
  • Alexander Mendoza – Beast
  • Matthew Redden – Gaston
  • Martin Burke – Lumiere
  • John Christopher – Cogsworth
  • Meredith McCall – Mrs. Potts
  • Jennifer Blakeney Young – Babette
  • June Julian – Madame de la Grande Bouche
  • Michael Ferstenfeld – Maurice
  • Kevin Pellicone – Lefou
  • Wilkes Goodner – Chip #1
  • Lucca Ostrovich – Chip #2
  • Victoria Brown – Enchantress/Ensemble
  • Anthony Vincent Toudjarov – Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble
  • Shannon Conboy – Silly Girl/Ensemble
  • Grace Muawad – Silly Girl/Ensemble
  • Khali Sykes – Silly Girl/Ensemble
  • Megan Chizek – Ensemble
  • Chris Barfield – Ensemble
  • Leslie Hethcox – Ensemble
  • Ethan Rogers – Ensemble
  • Ty Shamar – Ensemble
  • Owen Scales – Onstage Swing
  • Camryn Lamontagne – Onstage Swing
  • Johnathan Macedo – Swing
  • Francene Bayola – Swing/Belle Understudy

PRODUCTION TEAM

  • Abe Reybold – Director and Musical Staging
  • Allen Robertson – Music Director
  • Sara Burke – Choreographer
  • Court Watson – Scenic Designer
  • Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer
  • Alex Candelas – Costume Design Assistant
  • Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer
  • Michelle Habeck – Lighting Designer
  • Craig Brock – Sound Designer
  • Scott Groh – Properties Designer
  • Toby Minor – Fight Choreographer
  • Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Consultant
  • Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager
  • Megan Smith – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Davvi Solomon – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jennifer Blakeney Young – Dance Captain

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