Arts & Entertainment

Local Youth Cast in Production of Disney’s 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Abigail Galm, Mia Galm, Sarah Craven, and Sasha Proper [all from Mountainside] are cast in Front & Center for Performing Arts production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." The show opens Friday, Jan. 22 through Jan. 24 at the Woodland Theater, 60 Woodland Rd. in Maplewood.  Based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney’s 1991 animated feature film, Front & Center for Performing Arts cast of approximately 60 local students bring this production to life.

"Beauty and the Beast is such a beautifully classic story. But beyond the fairy tale, it carries with it the message that beauty is found within and what makes us unique is what makes us beautiful.  I feel so honored to have the opportunity to work on this piece with a truly talented group of young students,” said Renee Celeste, Artistic Director.


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Friday, January 22-7:30pm

Saturday, January 23- 3pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, January 24- 1pm

Tickets are $28 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets website.  

Clark, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Westfield cast members:

Clark: Jessica Cordoso (ensemble)

Mountainside: Abigail Galm (Cogsworth), Mia Galm (Silly girl/dancing napkin), Sarah Craven (Silly Girl/dancing napkin), Sasha Proper (aristocratic lady).

Scotch Plains cast list: Allison Miller (Babbett)

Westfield: Olivia Rhunke (Mrs. Potts), Avery Brooks (Milkmaid), Libby Verga (Egg seller), Lila Martin (Narrator)

About Front & Center for Performing Arts:

Front & Center offers individuals of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to grow and develop artistically and personally in a nurturing environment. We aim to provide a unique and comprehensive curriculum while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Our distinctive atmosphere encourages students with professional aspirations, as well as those who seek recreational fulfillment through the arts. For more information, visit

Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return – before time runs out. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible. Beauty and the Beast JR. features classic songs from the Academy Award®-winning film score such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony®-nominated Broadway musical.

Beauty & the Beast Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and the Disney Theater Group (DTG). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 For more information about licensing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. or other Disney shows, please visit

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