DeKalb’s Children’s Community Theatre presents Beauty & the Beast

Timeless tale takes to the Egyptian Theatre stage Jan. 27

Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, will invite audiences to laugh, cry and dream when Children’s Community Theatre opens this timeless tale at the Egyptian Theatre Friday, Jan. 27 in DeKalb.

The stage version of Beauty & the Beast, based on the Academy Award-winning animated motion picture, includes all the magical songs from the well-known film, in addition to six new songs that were written specifically for the Broadway production.

Children’s Community Theatre of DeKalb will perform Beauty & the Beast Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Friday night performances begin at 7 p.m., Saturday performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees scheduled for 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 5-18 and seniors, children younger than 5 are free. Group discounts apply to parties of more than 15 people.

Patrons can purchase tickets by calling the CCT Ticket Hotline at (815) 970-4416 or by visiting

Local radio morning show host Kris Pagoria will direct Beauty & the Beast. Pagoria moved to DeKalb three years ago.

“I was relocated on a job transfer,” said Pagoria. “I quickly became involved in CCT and was cast in Music Man, which was my first time performing at the Egyptian.”

After watching his mother perform in a number of productions in his hometown of Sandwich, Pagoria auditioned for his first play almost 15 years ago.

“I thought I was the best actor there, but was given the smallest part in the whole show,” added Pagoria. “A very good friend of mine once told me ‘there are no small parts, only small actors,’ and I couldn’t agree more.”

Tracey Busby is the assistant director, Paul Marchese is musical director, Tracie Grimes is director of costuming, and Jim Mitchell is the producer. All four reside in DeKalb.

Audiences will be transported to a lovely French provincial town where the beautiful Belle lives with her father—a sometimes dotty inventor. When her father doesn’t return from a trip to the local fair, Belle rushes off to find him.

To her dismay, she discovers he is being held captive in an old castle by a horrible beast. She trades her freedom for his, and the “tale as old as time” begins.

Primary roles include those of Beast, Belle, LeFou, Gaston, Maurice, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Babette, Mrs. Potts, Chip and Madame de la Grande Bouche, many of which are fictional “objects come to life” characters.

Already a legend as the sixth-longest-running show in Broadway history, Beauty & the Beast was nominated for nine 1994 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This musical extravaganza is filled with technical wizardry, special effects and illusions, many of which have never been seen on stage in DeKalb County. It will also feature dazzling production numbers and memorable songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

CCT is well known in DeKalb County for producing Broadway musicals, including Music Man, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver and the latest original production of Give My Regards to Broadway.

For more information about Beauty & the Beast, call Children’s Community Theatre at (815) 970-4416 or visit

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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