ARC Theatre Opens Dazzling “Beauty and the Beast”

Sacramento, CA  |  By Tracy Martin Shearer
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Featuring a spectacular live orchestra, stunning costumes and settings, and a thrilling 30-member cast, American River College opens its season with Disney’s magical Beauty and the Beast! The two-act musical will open October 6, 2017, for a three-week run (closing Oct. 22). For more information, call (916) 484-8234 or visit ARCTheatre.org.

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Featuring a spectacular live orchestra, stunning costumes and settings, and a thrilling 30-member cast, American River College opens its season with Disney’s magical Beauty and the Beast!  The two-act musical comedy by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Linda Woolverton, will open October 6, 2017, for a three-week run (closing Oct. 22).

Coming freshly off multiple national Kennedy Center awards for last year’s production of Cabaret, ARC has pulled out all the stops for this classic Broadway hit! Award-winning costume designer Gail Russell (of Capitol Stage, B Street Theatre, and more) has provided the perfect combination of whimsy and spectacle to bring Disney’s loveable and enchanting characters to vivid life.  From the endearing teapot Mrs. Potts (Michelle Pollack), to the charming candelabra Lumiere (Ethan Mack) and the hilariously arrogant Gaston (Christopher Sharpe), audience members will be thrilled to see their favorite characters onstage!

Directed by Pamela Downs (with orchestra conductor Susan Hamre and choreographers Sam Williams and Sarah Souther-Williams), Beauty and the Beast tells the story of book-loving Belle (Elizabeth Garbe) who encounters a terrible Beast (Branden Price) with a lonely secret.  If he can learn to love Belle and can gain her love in return, the curse will end and all the inhabitants in his enchanted castle will be freed to be human again… but time is running out!

A special Dinner/Theatre night is being offered on October 7 in conjunction with the Oak Café, the college’s 4-star restaurant.  For more on this event, as well ticket information for all performances, go to ARCtheatre.org or call the ARC Box Office at (916) 484-8234. 

All performances of Beauty and the Beast will be at the ARC Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive.  Parking is $2. Lot D, at the corner of College Oak and Myrtle, is adjacent to the theatre.  Ticket prices are $18 (general), $15 (student, senior, sarta), and $10 (children 12 and under).  Children 3 and under are not admitted.  Group rates are $14 for 10 or more patrons.