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The Mansfield University departments of Theatre and Music will present Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST opening on Thursday, February 22 and running through Sunday, February 25 in Straughn Hall.

This classic love story is full of memorable songs, endearing humor and delightful characters. The MU production is designed and directed by Michael Crum, with music direction by Sheryl Monkelien and vocal coaching by Youngsuk Kim.

In keeping with the celebration of the Sesquicentennial, this production of Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST will be a true collaboration between Mansfield University and the Borough of Mansfield. Mansfield Mayor Tom Wierbowski will make a cameo appearance and students from Miller Elementary School and Mansfield Junior and Senior High Schools will participate.

Over 60 Mansfield University students auditioned for roles in the show. Senior music major Sarah Best won the part of Belle. Bryan Hoover, junior music education major will portray the Beast.

The inhabitants of the enchanted castle include sophomore music education major Stefan June as the dashing love struck candelabra Lumiere, the wise and loveable teapot Mrs. Potts, portrayed by Ruthanna Williams, junior music education major, and the pompous clock played by Anthony D’Agostino, senior music major.

The story begins in a small provincial French village where a beautiful, independent girl named Belle lives with her father, the eccentric inventor. To her dismay, Belle discovers that her father is being held captive by a hideous beast. Belle agrees to trade her freedom to win her father’s release from the Beast's clutches. Once inside the enchanted castle, the colorful members of the court decide to play matchmakers. The once cold hearted Beast falls in love with Belle, but the spell that turned this handsome prince into a beast can be broken only if he can earn her love in return. And time is running out. . .

The Disney production of this charming story recently marked its 5,000 performance on Broadway and is currently the sixth longest running musical in Broadway history. The show features music by Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Asher and Tim Rice.

To read a synopsis of the story, click here.

Narrator - Steve Dixon
Enchantress - Sondi Strohecker
Belle - Sarah Best
Beast - Bryan Hoover
Gaston - David Bucknor
Maurice - Jonathan Yard
Cogsworth - Anthony D'Agostino
Mrs. Potts - Ruthanna Jo Williams
Lumiere - Stefan June
Chip - Erica Ignatovich
Babette - Kerri Grewe
Madame De La Grande Bouche - Megan McFadden
Lefou - Scott Test
Monsieur D'Argue - David Wert
Silly Girls - Kara Edlheiser, Jocelyn Raychel, Amanda Sherry
Bookseller - Thomas J. Wierbowski
Wolves - Kurtis Eby, Nathan Fulkerson, Nathaniel Wilston
Ensemble - Lydia Akey, Lauren Albright, Rachelle Brisson, Mark Burgdorfer, Alissa Coapman, Jessica Crum, Jamie Curtis, Brooke Danner, Sarah Derrick, Krista Eby, Kurtis Eby, Nathan Fulkerson, Rebecca Gibbon, Michelle Giles, Patrick Gillette, Ashley Hardt, Eden Hartwell, Amanda Henne, Krista Hess, Michael Hobbs, Ryan Howe, Emily Kirsch, Jonah Klixbull, Laura LeBlanc, Theo Lentz, Lauren Mirt, Maria Orr, Panagoitis Paslis, Michael Pattillo, Robert Perrin, Alicia Shumway, Randy Stephens, Jessie Strefeler, Mary Tucker, Christina Verbyla, Emily Vermillion, Erica Williams, Nathaniel Wilston

- Sheryl Monkelien 
Violin - Christine Attanasio, Rich Baslar, Stephenie Swart, Pamela Wells
Woodwinds - Heather Singley, Kristi Kaster,
Tim Walck
Cello - Garet Holdren
Trumpet - Dan Foster, Alyssa Eddings
Bass - Gabe Wagaman
Horn - Chandra Chaffee, Robin Sustak,
Keri Maldonado
Piano/Keyboard - Nolan DeSanto, Edward C. Wooten III
Trombone/Tuba - Dustin Giffin
Percussion - Jonathan DeWitt, Jeff Guers
Accordian - Rich Basler

Production Staff
Technical Director - Michael Crum
Production Assistant - Sarah J. Derreck
Scenic Artist & Backdrops - Brian Rance
Lighting Design - Kevin Gleason
Scene Painting - Darryl Abraham
Sound & Sound Effects - James Bryon
Costumes - Sheryl Monkelien, Peter Davis, Suzy Achey
Props - Sarah Hannold, Jennifer Sobas, Adrian McGrady, Lauren Bernard
Make-up & Hair - Peter Davis, Dawnelle Weaver
Stage Crew - Burkett W. Fleming, Stephen Lewis, John Madas
Spotlights - Becky Eick, Kim Hulslander
Poster Design - Suzy Achey
Program & Tickets - Sheryl Monkelien
Publicity - Lauren Bernard, Sheryl Monkelien, Bob Scott
Tickets (pre-show) - Lauren Bernard, Sarah Derrick
Box Office - Ashley Davie, Tom Dixon, Ross Whiting, Becky Eick, Kim Hulslander
Ushers - Members of Sigma Alpha Iota
Rehearsal Pianists - Nolan DeSanto, Edward C. Wooten III
Scenic Construction - Michael Crum, Steve Strange, Sarah Derrick, Anthony D'Agostino, Sarah Best, Burkett W. Fleming, David Bucknor, Becky Eick, Kim Hulslander, David Wert, Theo Lentz, Michael Read, Erica Williams, Peter Davis, Ryan Howe, Michael Pattillo, John Madas, Stephen Lewis, Jonathan Yard, Bryan Hoover, Joe Mitchell, Nathan Fulkerson, Robert Perrin, Jonah Klixbull, Randy Stephens, Jessica Shaffer, Ruthanna Jo Williams, Bethany Fetich, Gina Gisolfi, Patrick Gillette
Theatre Technicians - Becky Eick, Kim Hulslander, Jennifer Swody, Jamie Mitzer
Costumes by Central Dauphin High School; Harrisburg PA

Special Thanks To...
Mayor Thomas J. Wierbowski and the Borough of Mansfield
Steve Strange and Buildings, Inc.; Covington, PA
Brian Rance and Tolland House Studio, Galena, MO
Peter Davis
Michael Read
James Monks and Tioga Publishing
Blue Ridge Cable
Lycoming College Theatre Department
MU CMENC Chapter
MU Spirit and Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band
Eva Green
Suzy Achey
Wellsboro Rental Center
Bill Koernig and the Buildings and Grounds Crew
Linda Crum
Mark Polonia
Office of the Provost

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