Studio Tenn presents one of this generation’s most beloved fairytales, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, set to appear on the stage of The Factory at Franklin’s Jamison Theater, December 7-30.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has charmed audiences ever since the release of the 1991 Disney animated film. It’s successful adaptation for the stage came with its 1994 Broadway premiere.
Interim Artistic Director Benji Kern will make his directorial debut at Studio Tenn with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the kind of fairytale that everyone can get behind,” Kern said. “An intelligent, genuine and independent woman that personifies family and kindness mixed in with the elements of magic and friendship that Disney is known for… what’s not to love?”
Lipscomb University sophomore Hatty Ryan King will be portraying the beloved Belle.
“Studio Tenn is a company I have admired since I was just discovering my passion for theater,” King said. “To be making my debut with them AND in a show like this truly feels like a dream!”
King said her favorite part about portraying Belle is that she perfectly balances her strength and determination with kindness and a whimsical spirit.
“That is exactly what I want to show our audiences- that Belle is a real girl first, and a princess second.”
Playing opposite King’s Belle is Patrick Thomas, who tackles the role of The Beast.
“The toughest part for me is trying to embody the fantastical side of the Beast. Any character that started as a magical, animated creature brings with it the challenge of authenticity,” Thomas said. “I want the Beast to be relatable. His insecurities, self-loathing and loneliness are real. I want to channel those emotions and still find a way to fully commit to his larger-than-life aspects.”
The perfect pair to take on the rolls of Beast and Belle, Thomas and King also share experiences as National High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Award participants, with Thomas performing in the inaugural ceremony in New York and King who placed as one of four female finalists.
Tickets are available at StudioTenn.com or you call (615) 541-8200.