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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents “Beauty and the Beast” March 24-26

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All are welcome to be a guest at the Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s weekend performances of Disney's Beauty and the Beast March 24-26 at Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center.

The 75-member cast brings to life the well-loved musical at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at the Performing Arts Center located at 13300 S. LaGrange Road.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Beauty and the Beast features music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The story is based on the book by Linda Wolverton. It was originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and was originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

 “The cast is amazing – their desire to do this show is so evident,” said Orland Park resident producer-director Frann Carnivele. “Most of the principle characters are seasoned actors but we do have some new faces, which is great.” 

Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s winter musical showcases performers from 14 towns, including Orland Park’s Dean Erickson playing Gaston, Maria Welser from Mokena as Belle, Kankakee’s Tyler McMahon playing the Beast, Justin Vidovic from Chicago as Lumiere, Orland Park’s Raymond Fischer playing Cogsworth, Christina Cucci Fischer from Orland Park as Mrs. Potts, Ryan Valecek from New Lenox playing Chip, Homer Glen’s Kevin Finlon as Lefou, Nicolette Mutnansky from Orland Park as Wardrobe, and Jaime McGuffage from Tinley Park playing Babette.

“This is one of the favorite Disney stories. It’s a heartwarming story and a great opportunity to see it live,” she said. “The talent on stage will blow your mind.”

Beauty and the Beast is produced and directed by Carnivele, with the help of Assistant Director Ryan Flynn of Homer Glen, Musical Director Michael Barr-Schinzel of Chicago, and Choreographer Zoe Martinkus of Orland Park.

The full cast includes Orland Park residents Heather AnCel, Jeremiah AnCel-Hladish, Jonah AnCel-Hladish, Micah AnCel-Hladish,Valenia Artis, Andrea Baffes, Kaitlin Bauer, Makenna Beattie, Allison Belair, Amanda Belair, Hannah Belair, Michelle Belair, Allison Boertlein, Elizabeth Boertlein, Megan Boertlein, Samantha Boertlein, Sarah Boertlein, Kennedy Boshardt, Caroline Bueche, Ann Burns, Annabella Cannici, Norah Coffey, Elayna Davidson, Paige Doman, Patricia Domico, Eden Estilo, Madeline Farias, Gary Felicetti, Mary Fischer, David Ford, Jack Ford, Mia Geovanes, Juliana Gut, Amy Henrichs, Abigail Hooks, Madelyn Kasmer, Thais Kioganov, Joanna Leafblad, Josephine Leafblad, Veronica Leafblad, Natalie Leoni, Savanna Manning, Charlotte Reynolds, Molly Ricker, Tom Sadzewicz, Alexa Scalise, Jacob Sexton, Makayla Spatz, Ilana St. Clair, Nicole Stubenfoll, William Vajarsky, and Taylor Villa.

Additional cast members include Darby Bennett (Chicago), Audrey Batson (New Lenox), Gina Burnett (Orland Hills), Andrew Dicksen (Lockport), Terry Kavanagh and Melanie Lorang (Homer Glen), Kaitlin Lubben and Carli Mendoza (Mokena), Andrea Fleming (Steger), Jan Gehrman (Palos Park), Anna Maria Lustofin (Plainfield), Victoria Przepiora (Tinley Park), Julia Niemeyer (Oak Lawn), Jessica Pyrkowski (Alsip), and Gianna Vancura (Worth). 

The musical is two hours and includes a 20-minute intermission. 

 “I strongly suggest that people get their tickets as soon as possible, as tickets are selling very quickly,” Carnivele said. “Be our guest – you won’t be disappointed.”

Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Recreation Administration Building, 14600 Ravinia Avenue. Tickets are $18/adults; $16/seniors & students; $14/children under 12.

For more information, contact the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at (708) 403-7275.

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