[note] Tickets for this giveaway and review were provided by Forest Hills Central High School Theatre Department. All opinions are my own. [/note]
[pullquote_left]by Stephanie Pearson[/pullquote_left]
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Friday’s Preview Has Us Thrilled for the Show

My girls and I had the opportunity to “Feast with the Beast” Friday night at Forest Hills Central High School.

In addition to a great pizza buffet (with mac and cheese pizza from Chicago 7 Pizzaria…yum) and entertaining games, we got to hang out with the cast and crew of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, in anticipation of their opening night at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on March 20th!

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Your Favorite Characters Come to Life

From the moment we entered we were entertained by the extensive cast and the beautiful costumes. Lumiere lit our way to the candlelit ballroom with his candle hands. Poor guy–I felt bad for him having to hold his arms up all night, but he was a trooper and even posed for me to get a close up!

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My 5 year old daughter was of course enchanted by Belle. Her dress was just as beautiful as her charming personality. Unfortunately my little girl avoided the Beast for the majority of the night. He was a bit too realistic for her to get too close.

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My 7 year old’s favorite was Gaston. He failed in his promise to not forget her name, but of course his focus was not on her, but on his narcissistic self. He did a fantastic job keeping character all night long, and kept us laughing!

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The cast, made up of nearly 60 student actors, was performing song and dance all night long, which left us singing the whole way home! We can’t wait to see the production come together on stage and hear the live orchestra that will accompany it.

Beauty and the Beast Plot

If you are not familiar with this ‘tale as old as time,’ Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the story of young Belle, a book lover who resides in a late 1700s French provincial town, who is constantly trying to fend off the affections of conceited Gaston. A wrong turn leads her to the Beast, a young prince placed under a spell along with the rest of his household. If the Beast learns to love and be loved, the spell will be lifted. If not, he and his household, will be doomed forever!

Tickets to This Forest Hills Performance Are On Sale Now

Beauty and the Beast will come alive on the stage of the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on March 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and on March 22 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

This is a great way to see a big-name show on stage without the big price tag.

Tickets ($8 for students 18 and under and $10 for adults) are available at the FAC Box Office (600 Forst Hills Avenue), at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are reserved only, so be sure to plan ahead!

Enter for Your Chance to Win Tickets

We’re thrilled to give one lucky grkids.com reader 4 tickets to “be our guest” at the show! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling us which character you like best from Beauty and the Beast.

For more information on the production, please visit the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center website.

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