Submitted by the Phipps Center for the Arts

HUDSON, WI – “Beauty and the Beast,” by Vera Morris, will be performed by area students in grades 5 and 6 as the culmination of a two-week theater camp on Thursday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

As punishment for rebuffing a powerful witch (Maria Harrington, Ellsworth), a selfish prince (Gus Gerard, Hudson) becomes a true beast until someone will love him for himself. Many years later, a poor widow (Izzy Seifert, Lakeland Shores, and Lillie Wagner, Hudson) stumbles onto the castle and innocently plucks a forbidden rose. The Beast (Gianna Zawislak, Bayport and Anthony Jagg, Hudson) sentences her to death, but first allows her to return home and bid farewell to her family. There we meet her two unpleasant daughters, Isabel (Lillian Kirkpatrick, Hudson) and Marguerite (Aubrey Wittenberg, Ellsworth), and her nasty sons-in-law, Greedo (Rowan Warren, Woodbury) and Graspo (Ethan Freeman, Hudson). They hear her story and think she has gone insane; but her third daughter, Beauty (Lilly Campbell, Hudson; Sophia Pizarro, Woodville; and Molly Janke, Ellsworth) agrees to go to the castle and stay with the Beast if her mother’s life is spared. When Beast kindly permits Beauty to return home briefly, Graspo and Greedo sneak into the castle, hoping to steal a treasure. To their amazement, they learn that they must fight the furniture (Grace Hageman, River Falls; Lauren Piepel, Hudson; and Serenna Hartsock, Stillwater) as well as the Beast. With the aid of an enchanted mirror (Ellie Bower; Hudson), Beauty sees that Beast doubts her love for him and she returns to the castle. Her love restores Beast to his true form and happiness reigns.

Other cast members include: Layla Sloan, River Falls, as the First Princess; Alexis DeFlorin, Hudson, as the Second Princess; Phoebe Dunleap, Somerset, as the Captain; Charlotte Wenzel, Hudson, as Louise; Zoe Dorgan, Afton, as Helen; Ava Prissel, Hudson, as the Rose Legend; and Lucy Kern, Hudson, as the Wolf.

General admission tickets are $7 for this 60-minute production in the Black Box Theater, which is not the Disney musical. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409.