Beauty and the Beast at The Muni

August 10-12 & 15-19, 2012

All performances begin at 8:30pm.  Directed by: Craig Williams, II  Presented by: McGladrey  themuni.org

After a handsome but conceited prince treats a beggar woman poorly, the woman transforms into a beautiful enchantress and curses the prince to live as a hideous beast. Further, the prince's staff is all transformed into objects to do with their profession. The prince is given a magical mirror to view the outside world. To break the spell, he needs to learn to love a person for who they are, and get her to love him before a magical rose loses its petals. Meanwhile in a nearby village, a beautiful young bookworm (Belle) feels lonely and out of place. She lives with her eccentric but kind father, Maurice. Soon, Maurice goes off to compete at an inventors' fair but gets lost in the woods and ends up a prisoner at the beast's castle. Belle eventually finds the castle and makes a deal with the beast to let her father go in return for her staying there with the beast. As the beast's inner kindness slowly reveals itself, Belle grows to be in love with him. However, a jilted, self-centered and overly-masculine suitor from Belle's village, Gaston, takes a posse to 'save' her from the beast. Gaston ends up stabbing the beast. Luckily, when Belle rushes to the beast and expresses her love for him, he comes back to life again as a handsome prince.

Seating & Pricing Options

Reserved Seating: Patrons: $14.00; Seniors/Military Patrons: $12.00

General Admission (Lawn Seating): Adults – $10.00; Seniors/Military/Students – $8.00; Children (3-12) – $6.00; 2 and Under – FREE

Family Night: Wednesday, August 15 is designated Family Night. Children 12 and under are admitted free to the General Admission section (lawn seating) when accompanied by an adult who has a paid General Admission ticket. (See box office staff for admission limits.)

Tickets: Muni ticket reservations are handled by the box office staff at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois. Their hours of operation are: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4:30pm. To reserve tickets, call (217) 793-MUNI (6864). The Muni theater onsite box office opens at 7 p.m. on the night of each performance. The Muni box office accepts cash and checks only. Contact the onsite box office by phone at (217) 529-5787.

The Springfield Municipal Opera, 815 East Lake Drive, Springfield.  Email: contact@themuni.org

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