SRJC’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ set to premiere
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This holiday season, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is presented as a magical family-friendly musical by the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department.
Rohnert Park actor Zachary Hasbany plays the role of the beast. The play begins its holiday run tonight (Nov. 23).
The department invites the public to “be its guest” and fall under the spell of this classic story about beautiful maiden Belle and the fierce Beast, who holds her captive in his enchanted castle. Before the last rose petal falls, the play will travel through a spooky forest, meet a singing teapot, fight the braggart Gaston, and so much more.
“Everyone has felt the pain of experiencing a harsh superficial judgment and so the story of finding the Beast’s goodness and humanity really resonates with people,” Hasbany said.
Petaluma actress Brittany Law plays Belle, the beauty, and Santa Rosa’s Rosie Frater plays Mrs. Potts.
“I’m excited to play one of the iconic characters of my generation’s collective childhood,” Frater said. “Children’s theatre is the bread and butter of many actors, not to mention a magical chance to inspire and delight young people. The chance to maybe be that for some child is one I treasure.”
Laura Downing-Lee directs the play, while choreography is by Lara Branen, vocal direction is by Jody Benecke, and music direction is by Richard Riccardi.
 All performances will be held in Burbank Auditorium on the Santa Rosa campus at 1501 Mendocino Ave. Ticket prices are $18 General, $12 Student and Senior, and $10 for youth (12 and under).
There will be a reduced price matinee performance on Dec. 1. Tickets can be purchased at the SRJC Box Office from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and one hour before each performance in the Burbank Auditorium lobby.
Call the theatre box office at 527-4343, or go to the online ticket service at www.santarosa.edu/theaterarts/tickets.html.
This play is recommended for ages 7 and above and is a full-length, two-act performance on the following dates: Nov. 23, 24, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24, 25, Dec. 1, 2, and 8 at 1:30 p.m.

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