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June 14, 2023 - June 18, 2023
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Historic Chautauqua Park Pavilion

Pontiac, IL 61764
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Vermillion Players Presents Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Vermillion Players is excited to kick off their 2023 Summer-in-the-Park Season with Disney's Beauty and the Beast!
The classic story tells of Belle (Glorianna Birkett), a young woman in a provincial town who dreams of a more fulfilling life then settling down with Gaston (Cody Leach); and the Beast (Dylan Webster), who is really a young prince (Levi Rients) 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 into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his entire staff including Mrs. Potts (Jessica Ping), Cogsworth (Nick Simpson), Lumiere (Thomas McElwee), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Kelly Lefler), Babette (Kalli Verdun), and Chip (Lacey Peyton) will be doomed for all eternity. Meanwhile Gaston, with the help of his sidekick Lefou (Nick Pelletier), devises a plan to get Belle's father Maurice (Ben Maier) out of the way and to destroy the Beast to win Belle's love. Who will Belle choose? Join us June 14-18 to find out!
Also in the cast are Brett Blakeman, Kyan Borders, Sherry Bray, Isabelle Buchenau, Avery Butler, Olivia Edinger, Addison Harms, Sarah Harms, Bryce Harper, Meghan Harper, Elijah Hartke, Madison Herlan, Sam Jackson, Mitch Kelly, Becky Kpa, Rachel Krominga, Eric Lewis, Joseph List, Jamie Martin, Naomi Madrigal, Cherie Monical, Gabriel Montello, Cora Morris, Sam Murphy, Sidney Necheles, Claire Nyi, Natalie Pacholski, Jaxen Paine, Lily Rainbolt, Rylee Reel, Brooke Sauter, Ellie Sauter, Jennifer Simpson, Megan Wiechmann, and Olivia Yedinak.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Cortney Blair with assistant director Meghan Harper, choreographer Anita Nangle, music director Anthony Gullo, and producers Mary Jones and Brooke Sauter. A live band will be accompanying the performances consisting of Sandy Erickson, Jillian Fenton, Lillie Fenton, Sierra Gould, Brenda Johnson, Gus Johnson, Hannah Kurz, Anthony Marchese, Beth McCleary, Bruce McCleary, Natashia Nelson, Caitlyn Ricketts, and Hannah Ricketts.
Performances are June 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 at the historic Chautauqua Park Pavilion. All shows start at 7:30PM with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check only and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children.
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