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Jonathan Winsby, Shannon Chan-Kent

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a proven favourite among audiences and creative teams alike. Many of the cast, crew and designers are returning for the Arts Club’s fifth production of the musical.  

Bill Millerd also returns to direct the production, one of his last as the Arts Club’s Artistic Managing Director. “Our original production of Beauty and the Beast was a wonderful creation, but I decided to go with a redesign of the set by Alison Green, along with new costume and lighting designers (Barbara Clayden and Gerald King), and production choreography by Scott Augustine based on the original choreography by Valerie Easton,” says Millerd.
 
On the opportunity to re-design the set, Alison Green says, “Revisiting the design for Beauty and the Beast has been a gift. We have come a long way in our production capacities since the original was built, with such talent and expertise in our production staff. I took the set out of the 2005 version’s Gothic and into 18th-century France for this production. I was inspired by the colourful folk art of the Alsace for Belle’s world, and by the rococo fantasy of the Loire Châteaux for the Beast’s castle.”
 
Jonathan Winsby

Noting the 77 elaborate costumes, Barbara Clayden says, “It’s a challenge to let the costumes be true to the story but allow for a wide range of movement for the actors, so I’ve been collaborating with our choreographer. I want to respect the audience’s expectations for this classic while also trying to do something new.”
 
2017’s Beauty and The Beast stars Jonathan Winsby, Shannon Chan-Kent, Kamyar Pazandeh, Susan Anderson, Peter Jorgensen, Shawn Macdonald, Vincent Tong, Meghan Gardiner, Anna Kuman, Mat Baker, Bernard Cuffling and Nolen Duboc.

Featuring show-stopping musical numbers, astonishing sets and gorgeous costumes, this production is sure to be a holiday hit.

Arts Club Theatre Presents Beauty and The Beast

Dates: December 7 to January 13
Venue: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 and up, including tax and fees; available either online or by phoning 604.687.1644

Beauty and the Beast photos featuring Jonathan Winsby and Shannon Chan-Kent by David Cooper.

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