Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

“The beggar woman warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within….”

To kick off GTA’s 37th MainStage season, GTA cordially invites you to be our guest for this classic story of Belle, a young woman in provincial France, and a young prince trapped in a ghastly spell that has transformed him into the Beast. If only the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end — Will he learn the lesson in time, or will he and his household will be doomed for eternity? Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the familiar Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, which has made the show an international sensation for over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.

Rated G

Sponsored by The Gainesville Times
Opening Night Reception by Luna’s



7:30pm, Nov 8-12 and 15-19, 2016
2:30pm, Nov 13 & 19, 2016

Special Events

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)
Oct 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Preview Performance: Tickets just $10! (Preview tickets go on sale two weeks in advance)
Nov 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Free Opening Night Reception:In the lobby with the cast and crew following the performance, catered by LUNA’s
Nov 8, 2016

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016


Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre in the John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy Street, Gainesville, GA 30501

BUY Tickets

Ticket Information

Tickets are $24/$26 for adults, $22-24 for seniors and $14/$16 for students*. Also, while we heartily encourage families to enjoy Beauty and the Beast together, ALL patrons must be ticketed, and because of the length of the show, patrons must be at least 5 years old to attend.

You can click the link below to choose your own seats and print your own tickets – or call the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off — making a night of live theatre a great option for friends, family, church groups or scouting troops!

*UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Create your own package!

Purchase tickets to this production AND to one other production at the same time and you’ll get an automatic 10% discount; 3 to 4 shows will receive a 15% discount, and 5 shows or more gets an automatic 20% off. Discounts will be shown (with your savings) in the payment screen.

Artist Spotlight

In addition to the in-house talent of GTA professionals Jim Hammond (Director), Pamela Workman (Costume Design) and Ric Gomez (Music Direction) collaborating on Beauty and the Beast, patrons will be dazzled by the contributions of these guest artists:

Dennis Maulden (Guest Scenic Designer)

Barbara Hartwig (Guest Choreographer)

Chris Moore (Guest Sound Designer)

Here’s are come of the comments made during the development of this production:

With Barbara Hartwig
Q:  What experience do you have with either this show or any other Disney musicals?
BH: I have never done a production of Beauty and the Beast before. I saw the Broadway production back in 1994. I have, however, been a part of several Disney musical productions. I have choreographed Mary Poppins twice. One of those times was last year for GTA. I have played the role of Ursula in The Little Mermaid. I was also Laverne, the gargoyle, in a production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Walt Disney World.

Q:  Which of the musical numbers was most challenging for you, and what imaginative solutions have you created with the ensemble?
BH: I think the most difficult number to set was Gaston. This is a number where many times everyone is doing something different at the same time. Working with several different groups on different choreography takes a great deal of time. Also, towards the end of the number there is a fun yet difficult dance using mugs in which everyone is involved. Prop choreography is always a challenge and every student works at a different pace when it comes picking up choreography. So, it took a great deal of time to not only create the number but to then teach, space and clean to get it show ready.

Q:  What inspiration did you draw from the animated film concerning any iconic images or moments?
BH:  I think the most iconic moment in the movie is the number Beauty and the Beast when Belle and Beast dance in the ballroom. I remember seeing that scene for the first time and being mesmerized by is beauty. I feel, of all the numbers I choreographed in the production, Beauty and the Beast is the one number that I took all of my inspiration from the animated movie.

Q:  If you were to be transformed into an enchanted object, what do you think you would be?
BH:  That is a tough question. Off the top of my head, two things come to mind. First, I would be a candle stick, like Lumiere. I love candles and the peaceful ambiance candles bring to a room. I light candles almost every day when I am home. The second is a bird feeder. My husband and I have 5 birdfeeders in our back yard. I love feeding the birds and bird watching. Every morning I check the birdfeeders and have coffee on my porch watching them have breakfast. It brings me peace.