“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” takes the stage at STAAR Theatre March 24-April 8. in a live production with a cast and crew of more than 100.

“It’s very rewarding seeing so many young people come to learn and appreciate the art of performing at these young ages,” said director and choreographer. Mary Ann Trimble. “They have all worked very hard and been a delight to teach and direct.”

The show’s production is sponsored by the Giles Arts Council, with costuming for the elaborate production sponsored by Just 4 Kids Pediatrics in Pulaski.

“We are truly thankful for the businesses who sponsor productions at STAAR,” Trimble said. “These shows are quite costly to obtain the rights to do. On top of that with the cost of wardrobe, set, music, scripts, advertising, etc., we would be unable to bring these shows to our local venue without the sponsors that bring this educational, entertaining option right to our front door.”

Trimble is assisted in bringing the classic musical to the stage by vocal director Holly Aldridge and producer Tammy Pierchoski, who is also executive director of the STAAR Theatre non-profit organization.

“These larger productions require much more help from the parents of these young actors and they have not disappointed!” Tammy observed. “We have set/prop builders, costumers, make up artists, technical assistants and many just keeping the actors in place backstage and at the ready when their time comes to go on. We simply could not do this without each of them.”

Pierchoski encouraged families to schedule time for “Breakfast with Belle, Beast, and Friends” at STAAR on April 1 from 9-11 am. The costumed actors will greet and visit with attendees, making the event very special for children who want to be part of the fantasy.

Information about how to reserve tickets for the breakfast or to purchase tickets online for the evening performances of the play on March 24, 25 and 31, April 1, 7 & 8 or the April 2 matinee is available at www.antoinettehall.com or by calling 931-363-7222.