The Lompoc Youth Theater will present its fifth summer musical, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Junior,” with a run of five shows next month at the Lompoc Civic Auditorium.
The shows, which will be held at the auditorium at 217 South L St., will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3, as well as Aug. 9 and 10, with a special matinee show at 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Ticket prices are $10 and $12. Presale tickets are available at the Anderson Recreation Center and at Transcendence Winery for $8 and $10 until July 28.
The Lompoc Youth Theater was founded in 2009 to bring quality live theater to the Lompoc Valley and to fill the void that was left in schools when the arts were phased out of the regular curriculum. Past productions from the group include “Annie,” “The Sound of Music,” and last year’s performance of “The Music Man.”
This summer’s shows will be directed by Joyce Mayhew.
The Beast, played by Creeka Drap, is not the expected lion-like character from the cartoon but rather an unkempt, angry and lonely man.
The actors will bring every object of the castle to life, including library books, table napkins, a magic mirror and The Enchanted Rose, which will be personified by ballet dancer Eleanor Brogdon.
Emma Rosen will play the independent thinking Belle, who is not impressed by the obnoxious and conceited Gaston, played by Gabriel Thomas.
Vocally directed by Katie Fernandez, the production includes many of the familiar songs form the Oscar-winning movie, such as “Be Our Guest” and ”Beauty and the Beast,” as well as two numbers written only for the musical, “Home” and “Human Again.”
Fernandez lives in Washington, D.C., where she has recently worked with Barry Manilow and John Williams. She came to Lompoc this summer to work with the Lompoc Youth Theater.
Amanda Holdsambeck, a UCLA graduate, choreographed the cast of 50 elementary through college students in the show-stopping numbers.
The whimsical sets are designed by Lara Schmeiser, and costumes for the show have been designed by Broadway veteran Gioia Marchese. The show’s technical direction is led by Tim Meske, a recent PCPA graduate.
To learn more about Lompoc Youth Theater or to contribute to the program, visit www.lompocyouththeater.org.