October 15, 2014– Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus a few new songs written especially for the Broadway musical.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast takes place in a small provincial town in France and begins when a prince is transformed into a hideous beast by an enchantress as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways. When Maurice, the town’s eccentric inventor, becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair to show off his latest invention, he seeks shelter in an old castle, only to find its master to be a horrible beast that takes him captive. The inventor’s daughter, an adventurous young woman named Belle, trades herself for her father’s freedom when she finds him in the castle. She soon discovers enchanted objects that serve the beast, and they try to make her new life easier. In order to become human again the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late. The story ends with her tears falling upon him, breaking the curse and turning him into the handsome prince in her dreams. They are married and of course, they live happily ever after.
Patrick Lathrop, Executive Director of the Coaster Theatre says, “This is the perfect musical for the holidays because it appeals to all ages. We’re very fortunate to have so many talented actors here in Cannon Beach and on the Northwest Coast who are totally up to the challenge of taking on the 28 roles this production requires.“
This show is sponsored by The Clark Family.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Cast
Principal Cast Members:
AMANDA PAYNE (Belle) has been on stage in ten productions at the Coaster Theatre. Growing up with Disney, she is honored to be playing the role of Belle, her favorite princess.
RYAN HULL (Gaston) Ryan’s past shows at the Coaster Theatre include Twelfth Night, Forum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and The Colleen Baun. Ryan also directed Around the World in 80 Days and Into the Woods. Other acting credits: (New York) Street Scene, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, An American Clock, Macbeth, The Winters Tale, The Mutilated, Three Sisters, and Elvis: An American Artist. Production Credits include: Zastrozzi, The Just Assassin, and Beyond (Executive Producer). Ryan trained at Circle in the Square in New York and this will be his 71st theatre endeavor.
TODD PAYNE (LeFou) Todd’s previous roles at the Coaster Theatre include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods.
DAVID HAYES (Maurice). David came to Clatsop County ten years ago New Year’s and quickly fell in love with the Oregon coast. Appearing last summer in Fiddler on the Roof in Washington and last Christmas in Scrooged in Astoria, he also played lead musical roles in Papageno (by Mozart) and Tom Sawyer. Great memories include singing in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Melinka of Astrakan and Gilbert and Sullivan operettas H.M.S. Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance. Away from the stage David Hayes is a Realtor with Coast Realty.
DARREN HULL (Lumiere) Darren is thrilled to be playing this dream-come-true role. At a young age his parents, Bobbie and Larry, instilled in him a love of all things Disney. After 25 years of involvement with the Coaster Theatre on many different levels, appearing in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is his perfect fairy tale ending. Beyond the world of make believe, Darren is an owner of Yuletides Christmas Shop and Dreams & Discoveries.
DAVID SWEENEY (Cogsworth) David first appeared at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse in the 2000 production of The Music Man. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is his 40th Coaster Theatre production. This past summer he portrayed the Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. Other recent roles include Krogstad in A Doll’s House; Charlie Stewart in Gramercy Ghost; and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Off stage, he is the pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside.
BREE HEAVENRICH (Babette) The third time’s a charm, and it doesn’t get much more magical than Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! This is her third show at the Coaster, previously performing with the casts of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Into the Woods.
ELLEN BLANKENSHIP (Mrs. Potts) Mrs. Potts is a warm, friendly character who gets to sing the theme song of the show. After looking online at photos of Mrs. Potts she realized she was going to look like a teapot, so if you see her after the show, be kind. She was last seen at the Coaster Theater in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
PARKER FERGUS (Chip) Parker is a 7th grader at Broadway Middle School. His previous shows include Annie Get Your Gun (Little Jake), Adventures in Neverland (Peter Pan), and Scrooge: The Musical (Tiny Tim). Parker enjoys being on the Wrestling Team and playing the trumpet.
RICHARD BOWMAN (Beast) Richard Couldn’t Be Happier to perform his dream role as the beast. He felt as though he was Defying Gravity when he was cast.
SUE MEYERS (Madame de la Grande Bouche). Sue has over 28 years of experience acting, singing and dancing in both community and professional theatre companies in Bend and Cannon Beach. This is her15th show at the Coaster Theatre. Her most recent appearance was as Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods. Other Coaster credits include: Present Laughter, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Scrooge: The Musical, Butterflies Are Free, Dixie Swim Club, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, She Loves Me, Dames at Sea, Hello Dolly and A Week of Augusts.
EMILY ESTRADA (Monsieur D’Arque/Chorus) Emily graduated from the University of Oregon this past spring where she studied Theatre Arts with an emphasis in dramaturgy, working on shows such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Spring Awakening, Ecstasy: A Water Fable, Arcadia, and Creature. With the University of Oregon Emily also had the opportunity to study theatre abroad in London, England. She served as stage manager for Coaster Theatre’s fall production of Twelfth Night.
Beauty and the Beast requires a very large cast, and depends heavily upon the many roles played by all member of the ensemble:
Carolyn Anderson, Aeriel Bird, Ann Bronson, Eliza Davis, Priscilla Fairall, Duncan Fenison, Holly Fergus, Amie Fipps, Gretchen Hoekstre, Ellen Jensen, Katherine Lacaze, Josh Loring, Crystal Rouse
Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29: 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30: 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27 7:30pm
Dec. 7, 21, 28: 3:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: $18-$23
Box Office: 503-436-1242