‘Beauty and the Beast’ opens Friday at Galion Community Theatre


GALION — Danielle Meddles and Rick Walker will take center stage the next two weeks as Galion Community Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

The timeless classic is just now raking in millions on movie theatres across the nation, but Galion area residents can see this localized version six times over the next two weeks. And it’s starring plenty of local talent,

The Disney classic, by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, tells the classic story tells of Belle, played by Meddles, a young woman in a provincial town; and the Beast, portrayed by Walker, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

As the well-known story goes, if the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity

The show premiers in Galion on Friday at 8 p.m. It will be presented again at 8 p.m. Saturday and there is a Sunday matinee, starting at 2 p.m. Show times next week are the same: 8 p.m. Friday, June 23; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

The full cast: Belle, Danielle Meddles; Beast, Rick Walker; Gaston, Rowan Kempf; LeFou, Connor Moreton; Maurice, Randy Mann; Lumiere, John Phillips; Cogsworth, Eric Palmer; Mrs. Potts, Patty Schwall; Chip, Brant Walker; Wardrobe, Mindy Taylor-Tishue; Babette, Mary Faulds; Monsieur d’Arque, Samuel Starr; Beggar Woman/Enchantress, Erin Shawk; Young Prince, Simon Shawk.

Silly Girls: Katie Duncan, Beth Anne Jarvis and Rachel Jarvis.

Wolves: Nathaniel Ivy, Drew Owens, Grayden Pierce, Simon Shawk.

Townspeople and Enchanted Objects: Cameron Brlan, Jillian Capretta, Coldan Draper, Katie Duncan, Ruth Ebner, Nathaniel Ivy, Beth Anne Jarvis, Rachel Jarvis, Preston MacKell, Caitlin McCarthy, Kirsten McCarthy, Grace Murphy, Sonia Noble, Drew Owens, Kara Painter, Orchid Parsons, Savana Peoples, Grayden Pierce, Selah Randas, Lauren Rossi, Adrianna Ruiz, Erin Shawk, Simon Shawk, Samuel Starr.

You can make reservations or purchase tickets through the theater website: http://www.galiontheatre.org/. The theatre is using a new reservation system called Eventbrite. The process is quick and easy, and Eventbrite’s custom seat reservation map is ideal for picking out the perfect spot for you and your family. Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to each event.

You can also make your reservations by phone by calling the theater at 419-468-2662, If you prefer to reserve your tickets by telephone, feel free to leave us a message. Tickets are available two weeks before show dates and seat preferences cannot be guaranteed by phone reservation

Galion Community Theatre is at 127 Harding Way East.

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Staff report