It took two decades, but Disney's Beauty and the Beast is finally making its Penn State debut. The touring Broadway musical from NETworks Presentations comes to Eisenhower Auditorium for two performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tickets are still available for both the Feb. 25 and 26 presentations.
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this stage musical for all generations has been seen by more than 35 million people worldwide. The classic love story brims with memorable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers, including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.
The touring production's cast includes Trevor Sones, who was born and raised in Clearfield. Sones, who earned a bachelor's degree in dance at Mercyhurst University, has also appeared in the national tours of Cats and Hairspray.
Beauty and the Beast tells the tale of Belle, a young woman who lives in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast learns to love and gains the love of another person, the curse will vanish, and he'll transform to his original self. But time is running out for the Beast. If he doesn't learn his lesson soon, he and his household servants will be doomed forever.
Watch a selection of videos featuring scenes from the stage show.
Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for the Feb. 26 performance at no extra cost to ticket holders.
Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Disney's Beauty and the Beast actress Kristin Stewart (Mrs. Potts) and company manager Ryan Parliment, is offered one hour before the Feb. 25 performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints often fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first arrival basis.
The Artistic Viewpoints speakers one hour before the Feb. 26 performance are Disney's Beauty and the Beast orchestra musicians Jeremy M. Brewer (French horn) and Aaron Jakubiec (reeds).