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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 3, 2013

Northwest faculty to direct Maryville Young Players in ‘Beauty & the Beast Jr.’

It may be a tale as old as time, but “Beauty and the Beast” will come alive again this weekend as Maryville Young Players presents its seventh annual musical theatre production.

Now in its seventh year, Maryville Young Players is a two-week musical theatre camp for kids entering second through ninth grades.

Created and directed by Northwest faculty members Pat Immel and Vanessa Parsons, it is designed to give children an opportunity to stay involved with the arts during the summer break.

“Giving young people an opportunity to stay involved with the arts during the summer is so important,” Parsons, music instructor at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, said. “We created MYP to give our local kids a chance to learn about musical theater, make new friends and spend two weeks completely immersed in the arts. We really love doing this.”

Students participate in all aspects of the production, including acting, singing, choreography, set and prop construction, lights and sound. A record number of young actors signed up to participate in this year’s camp. 

“Every year we think we’ve hit our maximum number of kids, but we had a record 156 sign up for ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ It’s really incredible,” Immel, an associate professor of theatre at Northwest, said. 

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is based on the familiar Disney movie about a young girl who melts the beast’s heart and is an adaptation of the smash Broadway musical of the same name. The production features lively music, entertaining characters, and a story about redemption and true love.

Maryville Young Players will present the production at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts on the Northwest campus at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

All tickets are $5 each and are available for purchase at the Hy-Vee service desk or at the door one hour prior to showtime. 

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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