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Performance Added to 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' Run

Show opens Oct. 2. Extra performance is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Ted Paul Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 10-1-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance announced today that an additional performance has been added to the department's run of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

The 11th performance of the show will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 on campus in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office during its regular business hours (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday), or one hour before performances beginning Thursday, Oct. 2.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” based on the Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name, opens Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Originally scheduled for 10 performances, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” marks the opening of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance's 2014-15 Mainstage season.

It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 & 9-12, with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12. All performances will be in the Ted Paul Theatre. The production 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. For more information, please 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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