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"Beauty and the Beast" performances set for late June
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Camden Summer Theatre presents Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on June 26-29 at the Camden County High School auditorium. The classic musical fairy tale highlights the importance of inner beauty and follows the peculiar, beautiful Belle (Brittany Bingham, understudy Stephanie House) who seeks more than the "provincial life" her small French village has to offer. When her father (Roger Humphrey) gets lost in the woods, she follows his trail to an enchanted castle that houses talking house-wares, including a suave candlestick (Jack Litherland), a tightly wound clock (Mark Rector), a motherly teapot (Dina Barone) and a hideous beast (Jason Kraack). Unbeknownst to her, it is Belle's responsibility to help break the spell on the castle's inhabitants before it is too late.
This large-scale musical production has taken the concept of traditional community theatre to new heights. Directed by Lindsey Clinton Kraack, a Brooklyn College student seeking a Master's in Fine Arts, Beauty and the Beast features a team of professional actors and technical craftsmen plus talented youths and adults of the community. Jamel Booth, Ashley Campbell, Kembria Moreland, Amanda Rector, Daina Rosario, Chynna Seymour, Eugene Soffenelli, Joey Williams and Corey Wolfgang round out the principal actors, and more than twenty other male and female performers make up the enthusiastic ensemble.  "Beauty and the Beast" also includes children performers from the CST's summer camp, a day camp that incorporates exposure to the arts among children through participation in actual theatre production rehearsals and performances. One camp participant also will be selected to portray the charming, enchanted teacup, Chip.
An affordable and delightful night of entertainment, CST's production of Beauty and the Beast is the perfect summer event for all ages. It includes memorable songs, such as "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast," from the film version, along with several additional numbers. The show will be performed at the CCHS auditorium Thursday, June 26-Saturday June 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children and senior citizens. For ticket orders or questions, call the box office at 912-729-7463.

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