Magical performances of Beauty and the Beast coming soon to Sioux City's Community Theater

Dreams are coming true at the Sioux City Community Theater this September. From September 15th to Oct 1st, the SCCT will be bringing the Broadway version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast to Sioux City area families. I had a chance to talk to Director Joey Hartshorn, and if her enthusiasm for the production is any indication, we are definitely in for a treat!

The first thing to know is that on September 9th, SCCT wants you to be their guest! They're hosting a Beauty and the Beast Luncheon for kids ages 5-12 at the SCCT (1401 Riverside Blvd) and the registration deadline is Sept 5th at 5pm (registration is $12 per person.) So if you are reading this before Sept 5th, go register for the luncheon and then come back and read more about the musical! You can sign up at the SCCT or call them at (712)233-2788.

All signed up now? Great! Luncheon attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Beauty and the Beast character and will have the chance to take pictures with members of the cast in costume. They'll also be served a hot lunch and get to participate in some fun secret activities! 

Then September 15th, the magic continues with Opening Night at 7:30pm.
This version of Beauty and the Beast is adapted to the stage, so it obviously has some differences from the animated screen version, but all the Alan Menken (amazing composer of basically every musical or movie I love, which is why he has 8 Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony award) and Howard Ashman (playwright and lyricist known for Little Shop of Horrors and Little Mermaid, amongst others!) songs Beauty and the Beast fans love from the movie *will* be in the musical, plus a few others from Menken and Tim Rice (lyricist from Joseph & the  Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aladdin, the Lion King and many other shows full of songs I can sing by heart ). The plot is also essentially the same. Hartshorn said theatergoers should expect the true Disney experience, with talented performers, spectacular costumes, fun props like live roses, and the music and story we all love. There will also be light up roses for sale, and opportunities to take pictures with cast members after each performance, and audience members of all ages are encouraged to dress up like their favorite characters if they'd like to.

Beauty and the Beast is appropriate for all ages, except that there are some mildly scary bits (remember the wolves?) so parents should use their discretion to decide whether their kids will be bothered by that. Playbill magazine suggests it is best for ages 5+. The show runs 2hrs 15 minutes plus an intermission, so it is best for kids who can sit still quietly for 2.5 hours with just a little wiggle break in the middle. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7:30 start times mean it will be about 10pm by the time its over, so the littlest fans and my fellow sleep deprived moms may prefer the Sunday matinees!

Performance times include:

  • Opening night Friday September 15th 7:30pm
  • Sat 9/16 7:30pm
  • Sun 9/17 2pm matinee
  • Fri 9/22 7:30pm
  • Sat 9/23 7:30pm
  • Sun 9/24 2pm matinee
  • Thurs 9/28 7:30pm
  • Fri 9/29 7:30pm
  • Sat 9/30 7:30pm
  • Sun 10/1 2pm matinee

Tickets to SCCT's Beauty and the Beast are $18 for adults, $15 for students, and $12 for kids 12 & under. You can purchase tickets at the SCCT box office, online, or by calling the SCCT box office at (712)233-2788