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Jewel Box Series to Host Fresh Take on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Be our guest as the Scaffolding Theatre Company of Las Cruces brings its imaginative take on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

In this refreshing revision of  the 1991 Disney animated blockbuster, three generations of a family gather in their grandparents’ cluttered home and act out the story of the beautiful Belle and the Beast who falls in love with her.

It includes most of the characters and songs — written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with a book by Linda Woolverton — audiences know and love, including Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast.

Scaffolding Theatre Company is an affiliate of the New Mexico State University theater department, founded in 2014 by London-trained El Paso actor-director Justin Lucero and NMSU theater arts faculty member Megan McQueen, who are co-directing the show.

Scaffolding garnered national media coverage for its 2015 version of Chicago.

The Jewel Box Series, a showcase for area performing arts groups, is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and online (additional online charges may apply), 800-745-3000 and 915-534-0609.

 El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre SCHEDULE

Killing Buddha — Deming’s Theatre Dojo offers this award-winning modern take on an ancient North Indian legend about a serial killer seeking atonement from the divine teacher.

Writer-director Algernon D’Ammassa (who is in the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast cast) plays all of the characters, accompanied by nationally known Native American musician Randy Granger on wind, string and percussion. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

Bernabe  Just in time for Earth Day, Eden Enterprises presents this Luis Valdez play about a young man whose love of the earth is rooted in Aztec mythology.

Directed by local theater veteran Hector Serrano, it’s a cry against the exploitation of the planet by modern forces. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts — El Paso playwright Ted Karber Jr.’s EPStageBusiness presents this original comedy about a group of women who plan to be the belles of the ball.

Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and dimwitted deputy could change their plans. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21

*American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for selected Sunday performances.

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