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'Tale as old as time' takes Palace Theatre stage

| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Grace Rusnica of Irwin, Rachael Tresco of Plum and Nick Lenz of Jeannette in Stage Right’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”.
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Grace Rusnica of Irwin, Rachael Tresco of Plum and Nick Lenz of Jeannette in Stage Right’s production of “Beauty and the Beast”.

A season of Broadway favorites that Stage Right Artistic Director Anthony Marino promises the whole family will love will begin this weekend with a production of everybody's favorite “tale as old as time,” “Disney's Beauty and the Beast,” at Greensburg's Palace Theatre.

Rachael Tresco of Plum is Belle and Greensburg native Alex Noble is the Beast in this musical stage version of the classic Disney animated movie about a young woman looking for adventure and a Beast who must learn to love and be loved to end the spell he has fallen under.

“The beast in the show is very similar to the beast in the animated film,” Noble says. “When he first meets Belle, he is still very much a beast, until little by little she's able to change him. The only big change in the show is that the beast gets a big song in Act 1.”

For Tresco, the role of Belle is special, particularly since she's a fan of “all things Disney princess.”

“I mostly wanted to wear the yellow dress — just kidding,” she jokes. “Belle has a lot of levels and I'm really enjoying exploring the different parts of her personality.”

She's also enjoying performing with her husband, Vince Tresco, who portrays the villain Gaston.

“It's so hard for me not to laugh in our scenes together,” she says. “He does a great job, as does the rest of the cast.”

“Beauty and the Beast” also features other Stage Right regulars Nick Lenz as Lumiere, Renata Marino as Mrs. Potts, Tony Marino as Cogsworth, and John Noble as Belle's father, Maurice.

Stage Right's season continues with a deviation from its traditional Halloween offering of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” With the cult classic on tour this year, the rights were unavailable and the artistic director says they turned to “Night of the Living Dead The Musical.”

The “new campy, creepy song-filled Halloween classic based on the George Romero classic” will be staged Oct. 20-21 at the Lamp Theatre in Irwin and Oct. 27-28 at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center.

The rest of the season includes:

• “Annie,” Nov. 17-19 at the Palace Theatre.

• “A Christmas Story the Musical,” Dec. 8-10 at the Lamp Theatre.

• “Peter Pan Jr.,” a student company production, Jan. 25-28 at Greensburg Garden Center and Feb. 9-10 at the Lamp Theatre.

• “Little Shop of Horrors,” Feb. 23-25 at the Lamp Theatre.

• “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 13-15 at the Palace Theatre. The musical is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors.

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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