Almost four months after Walt Disney’s live adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” broke box office records, Repertory Philippines—simply known as Rep—is bringing the classic story of Belle on Philippine stage anew.
Rep’s staging of Beauty and the Beast is this year’s production of the Rep Theater for Young Audiences, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Cara Barredo, Alana Vincente, Jill Ita-as and Maya Encila are set to alter in playing Beauty, while Arnel Carrion, Jos Jalbuena, Hans Eckstein and George Schulze will be portraying the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast follows the timeless and enthralling tale of a loving father who wanders into an enchanted garden as he takes shelter from a storm. Having promised Beauty, the youngest of his three daughters, that he would bring her home a rose, he decides to pick one, unknowingly angering the Beast who owns the garden.
As punishment, the Beast demands that Beauty live with him in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Little does Beauty know that her captor is under a spell that can only be broken by true love.
Directed by Rep’s artistic director and founder of Rep Theater for Young Audiences ,Joy Virata, with book written by Peter de Valle and John Ahearn, music by Michael Valenti, and lyrics by Elsa Rael, Beauty and the Beast will run from August 12 to December 14 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1.