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UW-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences
To Perform 'The Masque of Beauty and the Beast'

 MAILED:  Nov. 8, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a performance of "The Masque of Beauty and the Beast" given by the UW-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.13, in the Riverside Theatre. The play was written by Michael Brill and will be directed by Dr. Cheryl Starr, associate professor of theatre arts.

"The Masque of Beauty and the Beast" is a beautiful retelling of the timeless fairy tale about a young prince entrapped in the body of a beast and the gentle, loving Beauty who helps him to realize that the most important things in life are shared through love and kindness. Sprightly dialogue in rhymed verse and delightful characters set within the framework of an early 17th century masque create a heartwarming and comical retelling of this classic story.

The play will be performed by students enrolled in the Theatre 421 class, "Touring Theatre." The eight students in the class have been working together as an acting company and also as technicians for the production as they created the sets, costumes, props, lighting and sound.

Freshman Maja-Lena Akerblom, Shorewood, will provide narration and sophomore Hannah Brampton, Lancashire, England, will play Haughtense. Sophomore Bob Collier, Hampshire, New England, will be the merchant, and junior Sarah Coyer, Medford, will play the bank solicitor's assistant.

Senior Bria Fraundorf, Antigo, will play Beauty and sophomore Alex Hall, Middlesex, England, will play the role of the Beast. Senior Ashley Smith, Spring Green, will play Dyspeppsia, and sophomore Lindsey Weeks, Surrey, England, will play the bank solicitor.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $2.00 general admission for all.

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Updated: November 8, 2004