Beauty and the Beast

Local actors perform during a soft opening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway Musical.”

PALMER — Dozens of Valley actors took to the stage in front of their friends and family for the soft opening of the local adaption of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, The Broadway Musical” directed by AJ Seims and produced by Triumvirate Theatre Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Seims is confident his crew of lively actors will put on a memorable show that’s sure to entertain the whole family.

“The performers are doing great. They’re amazing singers. You just can’t get a better cast than what we have here. It’s amazing,” Seims said.

The musical is premiering to the public this weekend at the Glenn Massay Theater, starting Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Seims said that he’s enjoyed adapting this “timeless story” with his community, from the various local actors to all the people behind the scenes who helped bring it to life.

“It’s really fun,” Seims said.

Seims credited Linda Lockhart the production’s “enchanted costume designer” as one of the key contributors to their efforts.

Lockhart worked out of a rented shop in Big Lake and cranked out costume after costume. He said that Lockhart’s craftsmanship on top of her relentless workflow paid off tremendously and it’s obvious by looking at the costumes.

“She’s been working night and day…” Seims said.

The performers and stage crew spent countless hours working away to get that special kind of Disney magic. After five months of preparation, Seims and his crew are excited to pull back the curtain and reveal the fruits of their labor.

“You never believe the hours and hours that have gone into this,” Seims said.

This production features a spectrum of local actors, from high school and elementary students to seasoned and returning actors.

“We’ve got some amazing talent,” Seims said.

Triumvirate Theatre is based out of Kenai but they’ve produced numerous Valley shows with Seims over the years, according to Triumvirate Theatre President Joe Rizzo.

Triumvirate Theatre was able to produce “Beauty and the Beast, the Musical” through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International in New York.

“One of the great things about this particular story is it really emphasizes the fact that what we are in the inside and the choices that we make are really the most important things in our life,” Rizzo said.

Showtimes are Fridays at 7 p.m and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The production runs until Feb. 22. Admission is $25 per person.

For more information or to order tickets online, visit glennmassaytheater.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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