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August 13, 2013 > Theatre: Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Theatre: Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Submitted By Stage 1 Youth Theatre
Photos By Kristi Silva

Stage 1 Youth Theatre invites you to be their guest at "Beauty and the Beast Jr.," based on the beloved 1991 Disney movie. The show centers on a Prince who is transformed into a Beast and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return. Throw in many other colorful characters and you have the makings of a top-notch musical presentation. Directed by Belinda Maloney, the production offers sweet vocals, entertaining choreography, and brisk scene changes, but the multitude of gorgeous costumes is the hit of the show!

Felicia Chang is enchanting as Belle and has a beautiful voice, most memorable in "Home" where there is not a dry eye in the theatre. Kaedin Silva plays the Beast with just enough intensity; his transformation into a handsome prince at the close of the show gives a splendid finishing touch.

Aaron Gonzalez is perfect as the egomaniac Gaston, his acting ability coming through as if the role were made for him. Alaynah Gonzalez is a hoot as the bumbling Lefou. She leads the chorus in "Gaston" and executes good comic timing. Justin Rogers portrays Belle's inventor father Maurice, looking a lot like Einstein with his wild gray hair and eyebrows, entering the stage with a crazy contraption complete with spinning wheels, chopping axe, and smoke stacks.

Adriannah Gonzalez does a terrific job as Lumiere, leading the chorus in the two biggest song and dance numbers, "Be Our Guest" and "Human Again." Gabrielle Poma does a comic turn as the fuss budget clock Cogsworth and has many funny bits with Adriannah, which wins them much laughter. Jaezali Silva is heart warming as Mrs. Potts and her little teacup Chip just too cute for words, played wonderfully by Keilani Arendell.

Rounding out the leads are Maggie Kennedy as the sexy maid turned feather duster Babette, and Sinead Anae who gets to show off a bit of her Soprano voice as former opera singer Madame De La Grande Bouche who is now a wardrobe. Kudos to the singing and dancing chorus who do a great job in this show.

For an entertaining evening that's great for the entire family, be sure to catch "Beauty and the Beast Jr." These young people will have you cheering in the aisles.

To purchase tickets, visit, call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006, call (510) 791-0287, or visit the Book End at 5678 Thornton Avenue in Newark.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Friday, Aug 9 - Sunday, Aug 18
8 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.)
Newark Memorial High School Theatre
39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 791-0287
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children

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