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Oct. 2-12: ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

Production includes six evening performances and four matinee performances.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 9-8-2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: An 11th performance of the show was added to its schedule. Updated release is here.

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2014-15 mainstage season with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” based on the Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 & 9-11, with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, in the Ted Paul theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by Enventis and Enventis Foundation.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, this stage version includes all of the wonderful songs people have come to love. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life.

Paul J. Hustoles, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, directs, with the role of “Belle” being played by Leigh Jacobson, senior BFA musical theatre candidate, who appeared this summer as daughter “Natalie” in “Next to Normal” and the nerdy “Penny Pingleton” in “Hairspray.” The “Beast” will be played by Adam Yankowy, a second-year MFA musical theatre candidate who made his Minnesota State Mankato debut last fall as “Javert” in “Les Misérables.”

Choreography is provided by Linda Talcott Lee, an award-winning performer and choreographer who appeared in the original Broadway production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” In recent years, she has performed, choreographed and taught in the Twin Cities, appearing in Guthrie Theater productions of “My Fair Lady” and “Roman Holiday,” among others, as well as Chanhassen Dinner Theatre productions of “Cats,” “Swing” and “West Side Story.” She appears as an Andreas Guest Artist.

Individual tickets for “Disney's Beauty and the Beast” are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, and $15 for current Minnesota State students. They go sale Monday, Sept. 15, at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. Discounted tickets can be purchased only by calling or stopping by the box office.

In addition, season subscriptions of $100 for the six Mainstage productions (“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Our Town,” “Assassins,” “Life Is A Dream” and “The Pirates of Penzance”) are still on sale. Visit or call 507-389-2118 for a season brochure/order form. 

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