DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Enchanting Musical Fairytale
Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The Beast’s enchanted household - populated by such beloved characters as Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Chip - watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. Their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks - will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?
Friday, April 12th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 PM (Theatre for All Performance)
Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 19th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.
Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.
"Prologue" — Narrator
"Belle" — Belle, Gaston, LeFou, Silly Girls, Ensemble
"No Matter What" — Maurice, Belle
"No Matter What [Reprise]/Wolf Chase" — Maurice
"Me" — Gaston, Belle
"Belle (Reprise)" — Belle
"Home" — Belle
"Home (Reprise)" — Mrs. Potts
"Gaston" — LeFou, Gaston, Silly Girls, Ensemble
"Gaston (Reprise)" — Gaston, LeFou
"How Long Must This Go On?" — Beast
"Be Our Guest" — Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Company
"If I Can't Love Her" — Beast
"Something There" — Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth
"Human Again" — Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Babette, Cogsworth, Ensemble
"Maison Des Lunes" - Gaston, LeFou, Monsieur D'Arque
"Beauty and the Beast" — Mrs. Potts
"If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)" — Beast
"A Change in Me" — Belle
"The Mob Song" — Gaston, Ensemble
"The Battle" — Company
"Home (Reprise II)" — Belle
"End Duet/Transformation" — Beast, Belle
"Beauty and the Beast (Reprise)" — Company
|Music Director||Dr. Erin Colwitz|
|Assistant Music Director||Anna Morrison|
|Scenic Designer||Victor G. Holliday|
|Lighting Designer||Kimberly Hegmegee|
|Assistant Lighting Designer||Justin Van't Hof|
|Costume Designer||Shelley Russell|
|Sound Designer||Dan Zini|
|Assistant Sound Designer||Sam Stauffer|
|Properties Master||Hannah Carey|
|Technical Director||David Pierce|
|Production Stage Manager||Emily Kendall|
Additional Artistic Staff
|Assistant Stage Manager||Belle Duncan|
|Assistants to the Director||Toni Danz, Cassidy Olson|
|Choreographer's Assistant||Jill Vermeulen|
|Dance Captain||Emily Burbey|
|Master Electrician||Dan Zini|
|Assistant Master Electrician||Justin Van't Hof|
|Light Board Operator||Jacob Laitinen|
|Sound Board Operator||Sam Stauffer|
|Spotlight Operators||Cassidy Olson, Esther Teng|
|Fly Rail Operator||Nick Salin†|
|Audio 2||William Squires|
|Run Crew||Hannah Carey, Toni Danz|
|Makeup||Sari Nomura, Nick Salin|
Malorie Munson (Belle) is a freshman from Negaunee and this is her first show at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She has performed in local shows at the Historic Vista Theatre and Negaunee High School such as Annie (Miss Hannigan), Seussical (Mayzie), The Little Mermaid (Adella), High School Musical (Gabriella), and more. She is the reigning Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA and is looking forward to hitting the FRT stage again for this wonderful show! Malorie would like to thank her family for being so supportive and this talented cast & crew for all of their hard work!
Eric Mackall (Prince Adam/Beast) is a freshman from Big Rapids, Michigan. This is his second show here at NMU, after playing Pirelli in the fall musical Sweeney Todd, and he’s excited to be performing as the Beast. He is studying secondary music education - voice and minoring in theatre with plans on becoming a choral director at a high school or university and vocal directing their school musicals.
Ethan Bott (Gaston) is currently a senior studying English Writing. This winter he was on the FRT stage in the ballet East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
Joel VanHeulen (LeFou) has played the dead body of Tony Hendon in Lucky Stiff, Pilot in The Little Mermaid, Crutch Collins in Anatomy of Grey, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Sebastian and Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Bonnefoi in Moliere's Imaginary Invalid.
Kyle Flickinger† (Lumiere) is a senior at NMU majoring in biochemistry. In addition to classes, Kyle has been a four year member of NMU’s Swimming and Diving Team, as well as a student researcher at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center for three years. He has performed in The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered, Tarzan, The Rocky Horror Show, and Beacon on the Rock in the Marquette area over the past two years. After graduation, Kyle will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry.
Audree Stephens (Mrs. Potts) is a junior theatre major and dance minor at NMU. She has participated in several Forest Roberts Theatre productions such as The Addams Family, Tarzan, and Sweeney Todd as well as a few APO productions as well! She is so excited to portray the role of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and is looking forward to more productions at NMU. She hopes everyone enjoys the show!
Reya Ghiardi (Chip), age 10, is thrilled to be here! She loves all aspects of theatre, from auditions and late night rehearsals to opening night. Reya’s first theatrical experience was with Music Man Jr. (Gracie Shinn) in 2014. Productions thereafter include Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, Lion King Jr. (Young Simba), Scrooge! (Kathy Cratchit), Schoolhouse Rock Jr. (Shulie), Shrek Jr. (Young Fiona), Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Cheshire Cat #1), Newsies (Manhattan Newsie/Ike), and many others. She loves to sing, cook, ski, fish, and travel. She thanks her family for their endless enthusiasm, and NMU and SAYT for their support!
Avonlea Kuhlman (Chip) is a local youth performer who loves the arts. She has appeared in a variety of productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre, Lake Superior Theatre, and NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre. Notable performance credits include Fern Arable (Charlotte’s Web), Anya Petroff (Beacon on the Rock) and Fan (Scrooge!) She was also recently cast as Gretel in Superior Arts Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel (May 2019). Offstage, Avonlea can be found reading, singing, and making slime!
Mikhail Moran (Cogsworth) is a freshman and this is his first musical here at NMU. He has previously performed in musicals such as Grease (Danny Zuko), Mary Poppins (Neleus), and many others. Mikhail is studying theatre and is beyond happy to be a part of this production. He would like to thank his friends and family for being with him every step of the way his first year of college, and also gives a big thank you to this fantastic cast and crew.
Caitlin Palomaki (Madame De La Grande Bouche) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University studying music education with a choral concentration and a minor in theatre. This will be her first show with NMU, but she has been involved in theatre since the age of six. Some previous roles include Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella, both through Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Others include Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie through Marquette Senior High and Lisa Ghiardi in Beacon on the Rock through Lake Superior Theatre. She is very excited to share this show with everyone.
Kate Karling (Babette) was fortunate to grow up in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. She is grateful to have been afforded so many creative outlets over the years. She has been dancing for seventeen years, and has been acting since 2016. Though she has only been involved in theatre for three years, she has found a true passion there. She is so proud of the work that everyone has done on this show and is so thankful to have gotten to work on it alongside such a fantastic cast and crew. She wants to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Dawson Del Preto (Maurice) is enthused to be in this production of Beauty and the Beast. He has had a lot of fun working on his character, and he is eager to share it with all of you! This is Dawson's eighteenth musical endeavor, and he is always looking for ways to grow and improve himself as a performer. Dawson is pursuing a music major in piano performance with a minor in theatre.
Megan Hibbard (Silly Girl) is a freshman from Clarkston, Michigan majoring in art and design with a digital cinema focus and a theatre and entertainment arts minor. This will be her second show at Northern, her first being Fringe Festival, in which she played Viola. She is so honored to work with such an amazing group of people and she hopes everyone watching enjoys Beauty and the Beast as they laugh, cry, and dream along with these beautiful characters. She would also like to thank her family and friends for always believing in her and supporting her!
Megan Ludwig (Silly Girl) is a senior at Marquette Senior High School and has been involved in theatre for seven years and dance for four years. She has taken on the roles of Cinderella (Cinderella), Marty (Grease), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Marian (The Music Man) and many more! Megan has also been involved in the Michigan State and All-State Honors Choir and was awarded one of the top 12 soloists in the state. She will be continuing her studies next year at Western Michigan University majoring in musical theatre! Megan would like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and support and NMU for giving her so many opportunities to grow as a performer and an individual!
Madeline McDonald (Monsieur D'Arque/Ensemble) is a first-year student at NMU majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She has appeared in several other productions such as Camp Rock the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Pride and Prejudice, What The Room Knows, Stück , Fringe Festival, Amletto, and Medieval Dinner Theatre. She enjoys swimming, painting, dancing, singing, cooking/baking, and butterflies. Madeline studied abroad for ten months her senior year of high school and loves making new friends (...and talking). She is thrilled with the opportunity to participate in the theatre program at NMU.
Tyler Archambault (Ensemble) is a freshman from Colorado studying German studies and international studies. He performed for the first time in Fringe Festival in the fall and is excited to perform for the community on the FRT mainstage for Beauty and the Beast!
Seth Bowen (Ensemble) is a secondary industrial technical education major and theatre, secondary history education, and music minor. He is a sophomore from Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has been involved in productions like Mary Poppins (George Banks), Sister Act (TJ), Sweeney Todd (Police officer/ Ensemble), Scrooge! (2018) (Bob Cratchit), and Medieval Dinner Theatre (Pan Piper). He is very excited to play within the ensemble of this production, where he plays an assortment of characters that he is overwhelmed to bring to life on the stage. Seth invites you to relax, pull up a chair and enjoy the Forest Roberts Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. Please be our guest!
Emily Burbey (Ensemble) is currently a sophomore at NMU with a major in graphic design and a minor in dance. She began performing in community theatre and dance programs at the age of 4 and has continued to perform in NMU productions including East of the Sun West of the Moon as a servant and Tarzan as Jane. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, and design. Emily is so grateful and excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast!
Charlie Edwards (Ensemble) is a senior English writing major with a double minor in dance and computer information systems. Charlie has been involved in the performing arts for a majority of his life, taking voice and piano lessons from age 9 to 14 and dance classes since the age of 11. Recent acting credits include Tarzan (Ensemble) and Scrooge (Simpkins) at the Forest Roberts Theatre and Twelfth Night (Sailor) at the Panowski Black Box Theatre. He also danced the role of the Troll Queen in the world premiere story ballet East of the Sun, West of the Moon at the Forest Roberts Theatre earlier this semester. He is excited to perform in this wonderful and magical show with such an amazing, talented, and diverse cast. Enjoy the show!
Megan Frazer (Ensemble) is a sophomore majoring in secondary math education and minoring in earth science. Beauty and the Beast is her debut at the Forest Roberts Theatre, but she has been in many notable productions elsewhere including Grease (Sandy), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Guys and Dolls, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Megan wants to thank her friends, family, and everyone that made the show possible!
Gracie Fries (Ensemble) is a sophomore here at NMU from Kingsford, Michigan pursuing a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship and a minor in dance. Her passion lies in the musical arts, with eighteen years of dance instruction and vocal lessons. She spent four years teaching and choreographing at Julie’s Top Hat Dance Studio and is currently a pro-dancer in this years “Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style.” Her hobbies include singing, playing bass, baking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Being one of the first of her family to attend college, she is proud to be a Wildcat with much support from her family and friends.
Kortney Manchip (Ensemble) has been in several productions at NMU including Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman), Tarzan (Ensemble), and The Addams Family (Ensemble), as well as several productions outside of the university such as Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), and Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont). She would like to give a special thanks to her parents for being endlessly supportive, and her vocal coach, Rebecca, for consistently bolstering her growth. She is happy to work with such a talented cast; enjoy the show!
Olivia Manganello (Ensemble) is a biology major in her senior year at NMU. She has been dancing for 17 years and is thrilled to be back performing in theatre. This is her third show with the FRT and she is so excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank all of the amazing people who made this production possible and she hopes everyone enjoys the show!
Mandy Mileham (Ensemble) is a junior music education major. This is her first NMU production, but prior to coming to NMU she participated in the ensembles of Annie (2016), Guys and Dolls (2014), and played Doris Upson in Auntie Mame (2015). She is excited to perform on the FRT stage for the Marquette community!
Chloe Pepera (Ensemble) is a freshman at NMU majoring in elementary education. She has been in many plays in her home town of Manistee, including Grease as Sandy, Godspell as Celise, Once Upon a Mattress as Winnifred, Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey, and many more. When she is not acting, she loves to spend her time doing gigs with her band, Awesome Distraction. She would like to thank everyone involved with the play for making her first NMU theatre experience a great one, as well as all her friends and family that have come out to support her.
A.J. Stephens (Ensemble) is a junior double major in theatre and business with minors in communications and music. Some of A.J.’s memorable roles include Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Martha (The Secret Garden), The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical), and most recently at the FRT, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. A.J. would to thank her parents for their support through all of the ups and downs throughout her years at NMU, her sister Audree for always being a huge support system, and her boyfriend Dan for being her #1 fan in and out of the theatre!
Marissa Symons (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University. She has grown up with music music a big part of her and her family’s, life. She has been involved in many different theatrical productions, whether she is onstage, directing, or stage managing. Some of her favorite productions have been Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Aida (Aida), The Little Mermaid (Director), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy), Cabaret (Helga), and many more. She is very excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast, as this is her first production at NMU.
Maisie Zahn (Ensemble) grew up dancing ballet in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has performed in many ballet productions with various ballet studios in Chattanooga. Beauty and the Beast will be Maisie’s third show this year. Last semester, she performed in Fringe Festival and earlier this semester she performed in East of the Sun, West of the Moon as the East Wind. This is her first musical production that she has ever done. Maisie is very excited and thankful to be a part of this production.
Zoe Zimmer (Ensemble) is a freshman who comes from Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Zoe’s performing experience includes four years of musical participation, three years of one act play performance, and six years of solo serious acting for forensics. She has had multiple lead roles such as Nala from The Lion King and Elizabeth Willow from They Dance Real Slow Down in Jackson, where she won an Individual Outstanding Acting Award. Zoe has already been involved in this year's Fringe Fest and Scrooge, and is excited to get more involved with performances at Northern.
Talyn Rasmussen (Ensemble) is very excited to be in this production of Beauty and the Beast. She has been in many productions with the Superior Arts Youth Theater, including Seussical, Kids Sing Broadway, Peter Pan, and 2019’s Newsies. She has been doing theatre since she was eight, and she has loved it ever since. One of her biggest passions other than theatre is gymnastics, and she loves using it on stage. She would like to thank the crew and cast for getting to know her, and for helping her every step of the way. Enjoy the show!
Creative Team Bios
Shelley Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman.
Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a BS from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and an MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently working on an EdS degree in Educational Leadership, with the intent to continue to an EdD. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre, whose curriculum she is certified in. Jill is the dance program director at NMU and choreographs for FRT Theatre and Dance Program, as well as for the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. She has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011. She is currently consulting on a new Character Dance curriculum for American Ballet Theatre.
Erin Colwitz (Music Director) is a native of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. She later completed the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in choral music. As a professional singer, Dr. Colwitz was contracted to sing with the Dale Warland Singers (of Minnesota) in 1999. She can be heard on three of their albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy: Dominick Argento's Walden Pond (2003) on Gothic Records. Dr. Colwitz is currently the Director of Choral Activities at NMU; she conducts the Marquette Choral Society, University Choir, and Arts Chorale, and teaches Choral Methods and Music in Society, as well as specialty classes such as The Beatles: Their Music, Their Times. She is frequently a guest conductor, contest adjudicator, and choral clinician throughout the U.P., Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Southeast. She also serves on the Michigan ACDA board as the Membership Chair.
Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.
David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!