Beauty and the Beast

The casting is complete and rehearsals are underway for Asparagus Community Theatre’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast directed by Paul Kirkwood-Hackett. Written by Dawn Cairns, this pantomime is filled with hilarity, slapstick, talking animals, ugly dame sisters and of course Prince Handsome, the Beast and the Beautiful Belle.

Veteran A.C.T. director Paul Kirkwood-Hackett (James and the Giant Peach, On Golden Pond, Goodnight Disgrace) is teaming up with music director Todd York (Always… Patsy Cline, Ethan Claymore and Winnie the Pooh) to bring you an exciting and hilarious adventure that will leave you rolling in the aisle.

This is not like the Disney version! It is a fun filled traditional pantomime as evil witch Grimelza played by Sheila William and her sidekicks Snivel and Snide (Joseph Taylor & Beth Fitzpatrick) are thwarted in their attempts to prevent the Beast from marrying beautiful Belle played by Haley Burt. Expect action, audience participation, and antics throughout from our multi-aged cast of twenty seven.

And what is a pantomime without music? Beauty and the Beast includes classic songs such as “Thank You for Being A Friend”, “Nine to Five”, and “Bad to The Bone”. Kelly Martwig, a certified classically trained pianist provides live music in conjunction with music director Todd York. Todd spent two years studying voice and music in Vancouver and sang in many choirs including Soundwave, a well-known jazz choir. Laurisa DeFehr (Always … Patsy Cline, Half Life, and Gold Dust) adds her expertise as choreographer for the musical numbers.

Beauty and the Beast, suitable for all members of your family runs December 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12, 13, 14, and 15 with 7:30 PM performances and a matinee on Sunday December 9th at 2 PM.

Tickets go on sale November 6th at “The Guy Next Door”, 250-546-0950. Ticket prices - Adults $20, Seniors & Students $18, Children 12 and under $10.