Story Theater Company is thrilled to announce a production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, JRr.,” directed by Erica Walling, with musical direction by Cynthia Marten. A cast and crew of 48 young people from central Iowa, ages 9-18, will perform seven shows at Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave. in Ames. Opening night is Friday, June 15. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on June 15 and 22. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on June 16, 17, 23 and 24. An additional performance for large groups will take place on Thursday, June 21, at 1 p.m.


Advance tickets are available through June 14 for $7 each. Tickets can be purchased from any cast or crew member, or at the Ames Community Center (gym). Tickets are also available through the STC website. After June 14, tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and seniors. Tickets are good for any show and all seats are general admission. We cannot accept credit cards at the door, and there is no ATM on site. If you have questions, please visit our website: www.storytheatercompany.org.


Based on the original Broadway production that was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is an adaptation of the classic story of transformation and tolerance. This production features popular songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The story is about Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, 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 back to his former self. But – if the Beast does not learn his lesson, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, JR. is sponsored by Clarity Asset Management, Inc.; Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP and Troy Rutter. This program is funded in part by local option tax funds provided by the City of Ames through the Commission on the Arts (COTA), Kiwanis Club of Ames, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program (ThinkAmes.com) and a corporate contribution by Lowe’s Home Improvement of Ames.