The VC Drama Department to stage "Beauty and the Beast" in March

Magic. Love. Jealousy. Hatred. Fear. Violence. Redemption.

“Beauty and the Beast” — which will be performed by the Valley Catholic High School Drama Department from March 4-6 and 11-13 — seems to have it all.

Belle, the girl at the center of the story, is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town and constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of the conceited Gaston. The Beast, meanwhile, is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle's father, causes the two to meet.

This story — “A tale as old as time” — comes to life in Valley Catholic's spring production of “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”

The Valley Catholic High School Drama Department will present the award-winning musical from March 4-6 and 11-13, with Friday and Saturday performances beginning at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Based on the 1991 animated film and hit Broadway musical, “Disney's Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a pair of outcasts — a headstrong young girl and a self-absorbed prince who has been turned into a monstrous beast — who are brought together.

Their relationship is rocky at first, but the duo eventually discovers what it means to love each other for who they truly are, a love that leads to a magical transformation.

With all that to work with the Drama Department at Valley Catholic is going all out.

“We're building the most ambitious and exciting set we've ever seen on the Valley Catholic stage and our cast will be wearing beautiful, professional costumes,” said Director Ginnie Sutfin. “Audiences can expect to be taken to a magical place.”

“Disney's Beauty and the Beast" was the first animated movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and received Academy Awards for best song and best original score. The stage version includes the original songs by Oscar winners Alan Menken and Howard Ashman as well as new songs written by Menken and award-winning lyricist Tim Rice.

“'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' is a spectacular show," said Sutfin. "The story is hilarious and moving, and Menken's and Ashman's songs are some of the best and most memorable in musical theatre.”

Valley Catholic High School is located at 4275 SW 148th Ave. in Beaverton on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus.

Tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $3 for children age five and under.

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