Focus on Community/Arts
Children's Theatre Launches 9th Season with "Beauty and the Beast"

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Theatre for Young People Series kicks off the 2005-2006 season on Nov. 19 with the Birmingham Children´s Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast." 

WYE MILLS – The Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College is celebrating its ninth season with the innovative 2005-2006 Theatre for Young People Series.

Each season consists of a carefully selected variety of dance, music, puppetry and drama. More than 10,000 people attended the children´s theatre presentations in the last season. The weekday Schoolday Series patrons included students from public schools in all five of the service counties, local private school students and home-schooled children.

"We have loyal patrons who have been attending our shows since the first season, but every year we reach new patrons. I try to develop a season that offers appealing events for a wide range of ages and interests," said TPAC Children´s Theatre Director Linda Zaragoza. "We´ve had wonderful feedback over the years from parents and educators who´ve thanked us for offering high-quality children´s performances close to home. We´ve become an integral part of arts education for children on the Shore."

Many of the children´s shows in the 900-seat theatre sell out every year, so TPAC offers both the Family Series of weekend and evening shows, and the Schoolday Series for school field trips.

The Family Series kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 19 with "Beauty and the Beast" presented by the Birmingham Children´s Theatre. The Alabama-based troupe, a favorite of TPAC audiences, has brought shows such as "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Secret Garden" to the Wye Mills stage. With a professional cast and stunning set, the production brings the classic tale of inner beauty to new generation. The title character, who is beautiful for both her looks and deeds, makes personal sacrifices for her beloved family. Despite his unpleasant demeanor, the Beast becomes friends with Beauty. She shows him extraordinary kindness, which eventually transform him from a beast to a handsome prince. In the end, both Beauty and the Beast are rewarded for their acts of kindness. Tickets for the show are $8

The "Adventures of Rudolph", a TPAC holiday tradition, will be presented on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $8.

The Kennedy Center´s Imagination Celebration Tour comes to the TPAC stage with "Willie Wonka" on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

The Friday, April 28 evening performance of the world-renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats promises to be a highlight of the season, according to Ms. Zaragoza.

The youngest patrons will be thrilled on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. when "Berenstain Bears on Stage" comes to TPAC. Tickets for the show are $8.

For a Theatre for Young People schedule or more information, please call 410-827-5867.


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