The Barn Theatre Presents the Disney Masterpiece BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


Music by Alan Menken 

Lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman   

Book by  Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions


Produced & Directed by Brendan Ragotzy

Opening Tuesday, July 31 at 8:00 PM through August 12

(Augusta, MI) Disney’s smash hit musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes to the Barn Theatre July 31 to August 12!  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this very child-friendly musical extravaganza is filled with dazzling production numbers and memorable songs.

Barn favorite Jamey Grisham stars as the once-handsome-prince turned Beast who searches for the love that will break the spell placed upon him.  Belle, (portrayed by Andrea Arvanigian) a strong-willed and intelligent woman, fends off the advances of the handsome hunter Gaston (portrayed by first-year apprentice Albert Nelthropp), prized eligible male of the village.  Meanwhile, Belle’s accident-prone, doting father, Maurice (Charlie King), accidentally trespasses into the Beast’s castle and the Beast imprisons him.  In exchange for her father’s freedom Belle offers to become his prisoner forever, but once trapped inside the Beast’s castle she discovers that the castle is populated with once-human enchanted objects. 

Among the cast of knickknacks and whatnots are Lumiere, the Casanova candlestick, (Hans Friedrichs), the flirtatious feather duster Babette, (Samantha Rickard), and the stern British clock, Cogsworth (John Jay Espino), first year apprentice Elyssa Blonder as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Barn leading lady Penelope Alex portrays Mrs. Potts. The castle’s entire ensemble welcomes Belle to the castle. You’ll leave your seats humming the marvelous Disney songs including “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” “Belle” and the gorgeous title number, “Beauty and the Beast.”  Please “Be our guest” and bring someone you love to experience the enchantment of this unforgettable musical!

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is directed by Brendan Ragotzy.  Set design by Steven Lee Burright and Samantha Snow. Costumes are designed by Goulet Bartholomew & Lauren Alexandra. Michael Wilson Morgan has designed the Wolves.  Properties are by Sam Rudy.  Lights are designed by Michael McShane, Luke Ragotzy has designed the sound and Crysta Menefee Gsellman is wig/hair master. Technical Director is John Dobson.

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ran on Broadway from 1994 – 2007 for 5,461 performances!

The Barn Theatre would like to thank Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST sponsors     Adams Outdoor and Arvco.

The Backstage Xperience program will be offered for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – August 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. For details and registration call 269-731-1151. Space limited. The Backstage Xperience is an interactive, free opportunity for children K – 12 and is sponsored by Eaton and Fetzer Institute, Post Consumer Foods, and The Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation.

The Barn Theatre School and Eaton are proud to present an American Sign Language interpreted performance of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Wednesday, August 8.

Enjoy refreshments in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge with friends before, during intermission and after the show. Enjoy a light snack while being entertained by the cabaret-style show in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge after the main stage performance. *NEW THIS SEASON* Make your bar show reservations online – now, for the entire summer. No need to wait in line before the show. Dinner’s Nightly! Rotated catering by Schuler’s Restaurant, GMC of Galesburg, Millennium Events and The Kitchen House of Richland. Call Box office for dinner reservations at (269) 731-4121.

The Barn Theatre is located on M-96, west of Augusta. Tickets range from $39 – $48 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under for all performances. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.  Group rates available. The Box Office is open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm. And tickets are also available online. To reserve tickets at the Box Office – Call today: (269) 731-4121 or visit