WAYNE, NJ – Friday night marked the first of three performances of Beauty and the Beast at the Rosen Performing Arts Center (RPAC) at the Wayne YMCA. The October musical each year at RPAC is the flagship show that begins the season.

“This is my favorite show we do every year because of the intergenerational aspect of it all, said Laura Tiedge the Executive Director at the Wayne YMCA. “We have full families doing this together, including one family that has nine people all involved in the show together.

Jill Stanley had come with her daughter to the show and they both loved it. “It was magical, the singers were incredible, and the personalities matched the movie perfectly,” she said. “I highly recommend anyone come and see it.”

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Ninety-five people in total performed in the intricate production. “Seeing all of those children on stage, especially during the big, key performances like Be Our Guest, I just love that part of the show,” said Tiedge with a proud smile on her face. “The kids were having such a good time. I was having such a good time!”

Meryl Budnick is the Cultural Arts Director for the Wayne Y and was energized by the performance and excited about the next two shows as well. “Seeing all those families together making this show happen and knowing the weeks of work that they put into it, I was so happy watching them!”

Most people don’t realize the level of performance that is put on here,” said Budnick. “The set, the costumes, the talent of the performers, the choreography and orchestra will make people think they are just off Broadway.  I could not be prouder of what we do here,” she said with a beaming smile.

There are two performances left and although 900 tickets have been sold so far, there are still tickets available, and you do not need to be a Y member to come to the show.

  • Saturday, October 19 at 7pm
  • Sunday, October 20 at 2pm

Click this link for more information and to purchase tickets.

In past years the opening show of the season has included other musicals such as The Music Man, Shrek the Musical and The Wizard of Oz.