Grandstreet brings back 'Beauty and the Beast' for the holidays

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

Some eight years ago, this writer was among many Grandstreet Theatre audience members who spent an enchanted evening under the spell of “Beauty and the Beast.”

That was the last time that Grandstreet staged this delightful musical.

This time, due to COVID-19, they’re staging the Jr version because it’s shorter, but preserves all the great songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and the book by Linda Woolverton.

It’s a memorable fantasy world where a cheery cook’s been turned into a singing teapot, a nervous butler became a clock, a charming maitre’ d became a candelabra and the prince — well, he turned into a terrifying beast.

They all sing, of course.

And, a few dance.

These are just a few of the colorful characters one meets in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” on stage as one of Grandstreet Theatre’s holiday shows.

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It opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Helena Civic Center and runs through Dec. 12.

Not only is the story entertaining and escapist for these COVID times, but tucked among the songs, whimsical costumes and fast-paced action are some timeless

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