Christian Youth Theater-DuPage to put on 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

Submitted by CYT Chicago-DuPage

Christian Youth Theatre Chicago: DuPage presents "Beauty and the Beast Jr." this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St.

This classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to 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.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16. Prices may vary by performance. Tickets are $15 or $13 for youth, age 17 or younger, and seniors, age 62 or older. Tickets are $17 at the door.

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The main cast includes: Kate Waldron as Belle; Ian Rose as Beast; Nick Albert as Gaston; Elias Areyzaga as LeFou; Luke Castaldo as Maurice; Maddie Johnson as Mrs. Potts; Matthew Newell as Lumiere; Zackary Borrego as Cogsworth; Kali Galena as Babette; Jade Bundhund as Wardrobe; and Ellie Parsons as Chip.

The Prologue cast includes: Meg Bozarth as Narrator; Nelson Lindmark as Young Prince; Honey Nilson as Beggar Woman; and Jules Lankisch as The Enchantress.

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The Villagers cast includes: Amanda York as Nicolette (Silly Girl); Charity Del Preto as Giselle (Silly Girl); Juliana Bacote as Jacqui (Silly Girl); Brayden Blomer as D'Arque; Nathan Turner as Baker; Ethan Brunner as Bookseller; as well as Sierra Allison, Sophie Areyzaga, Sean Alvarez, Cody Benware, Will Black, Adalynn Blomer, Rylie Blomer, Joshua Bozarth, Meg Bozarth, Gabbee Brabenac, Philip Castaldo, Simeon Castaldo, Caitlin Donahue, Sasha Goldberg, Anna Gordon, Katelyn Heisen, Russell Howard, Caroline Isaak, Cole Isaak, Abby Johnson, Anna Jones, Abby Jongsma, Jeremy Kang, Peter Lange, Jules Lankisch, Megan Lindhorn, Mia Malik, Becca Overton, Samantha Patterson, Ellie Paulsen, Ryan Ruscitti, Rylee Ruscitti, Kyle Smucker, Joshua Umlauf-Schulz, Brennan Van Meter, Ashaley Wicks and Jake Wolfe.

The cast of Enchanted Objects includes: Shianna Newell as Salt; Leah Guzman as Pepper; and Hadley McFarland as Doormat. Also appearing as Napkins/Wolves are: Miranda Heabel, Aly Lopez, Honey Nilson, Juls Paulsen, Hannah Smith and Maddie Weber; appearing as Forks are: Sage Bundhund, Haley English, Sarah Gilbert, Simone Sauve and Mayah Thorne; as Spoons are: Melissa Giacobbe, Gabriella Jones, Melody Patterson, Naomi Salansky and Ellie Van Rossum; as Knives, Teagan Allison, Mary Claire Bradshaw, Grace Elkins, Jenna Jongsma and Kiera Tibstra; as Candlesticks, Ethan Balthazar, Nelson Lindmark, Tommy Muff and Gabe Sauve; as Teacups, Suzie Alvarez, Lucia Battiato, Natalie Castro, Kaia Olberg, Morgan Potvin and Carly Talbot-Bowe; as Brooms, Cate Anderson, Karly Benware, Grace Bradshaw and Jessica Umlauf-Schulz.

The cast for Gaston's Tavern Ensemble includes: Cate Anderson, Juliana Bacote, Ethan Balthazar, Karly Benware, Will Black, Joshua Bozarth, Grace Bradshaw, Ethan Brunner, Philip Castaldo, Charity Del Preto, Sasha Goldberg, Anna Gordon, Miranda Heabel, Katelyn Heisen, Russell Howard, Caroline Isaak, Cole Isaak, Juls Lankish, Nelson Lindmark, Aly Lopez, Mia Malik, Tommy Muff, Honey Nilson, Juls Paulsen, Rylee Ruscitti, Gabriel Sauve, Hannah Smith, Nathan Turner, Jessica Umlauf-Schulz, Brennan Van Meter, Maddie Weber, Jake Wolfe and Amanda York.

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