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Indian Valley Theatre to stage ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

Indian Valley Theatre will present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Sandwich Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20.

The cast includes of children age 18 and younger from Sandwich and surrounding communities. The play is directed by Susan Graham.

"Beauty and the Beast Jr." is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Hailey Barngrover, 12, of Somonauk, plays Belle in the production. She has appeared in past IVT shows including "Wizard of Oz," "Toy School," "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland," and said she is thrilled to take on Belle as her first lead role. Barngrover, who is home-schooled, sings professionally at various local venues, and hopes to be a veterinarian someday. 

Lucas Sus, 17, of Genoa, takes on the role of the Beast. This is his first lead role with IVT that he auditioned for, but it is not the first time he's performed in a lead role for IVT. Two summers ago, Sus filled in as the hero in the melodrama "Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon" after the original lead was injured one week before the show, and last year he filled in as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan Jr." after that original cast member had to drop out. Sus, a junior at Genoa-Kingston High School, plans to go to college and pursue a degree in education.

Tickets for “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” cost $12 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office at the Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, up until 30 minutes before showtime, if seats are still available.

For questions, tickets or more information about Indian Valley Theatre, email info@indianvalleytheatre.com, call 888-365-8889 or visit indianvalleytheatre.com.

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