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Arden Children's Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast
by Charles Way
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
November 26 Ė February 1, 2015

October 6, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA)Arden Theatre Company continues its 27th season of great stories with Beauty and the Beast by Charles Way. Directed by Whit MacLaughlin, Beauty and the Beast includes weekday matinee performances for students and weekend performances for families. Best enjoyed by families with children ages 4 and older, Beauty and the Beast runs from November 26, 2014 – February 1, 2015, on the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, two sisters leave London to start a new life after the loss of their family fortune. One is eager and outgoing. The other, Belle, is afraid and shy. When Belle meets the Beast, she begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.

“It’s important to point out that this is not the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast,” says Terry Nolen, the Arden’s Producing Artistic Director.  

 “What you will see on our stage,” he adds, “Is a re-imagined telling of this classic story, produced using professional designers and actors – the same that we would use for our Mainstage Productions -  to give our younger audiences a world-class theatrical experience.”

The team behind the Arden’s 2012 production of Cinderella reunites for Beauty and the Beast. This is Director Whit MacLauglin 13th show for Arden Children’s Theatre. Past shows include Cinderella, Charlotte’s Web, The Borrowers, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (nominated for four Barrymore Awards), The BFG, and A Year with Frog and Toad (nominated for five Barrymore Awards). MacLaughlin is also known for his work locally and internationally as Artistic Director of the avant-garde New Paradise Laboratories.

Nolen says, “Whit’s sensibilities as a director help him to approach our children’s work in an innovative way. For example, the use of shadows on a stark and curtained set will be vital in bringing this story to life.”

The local cast includes actors E. Ashley Izard, Emilie Krause as Belle, Kevin Meehan, Matteo Scammell as Beast and Brian Anthony Wilson.
Previews of Beauty and the Beast begin on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 and continue through Saturday, December 6 at 12noon. The show opens on Saturday, December 6 at 7pm and runs through Sunday, February 1, 2015. A full calendar of events can be found here. Opening Night Sponsors are Harmelin Media, Hatboro Beverages and JPM Catering.

Single ticket prices are $18-$36, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators. Arden Children’s Theatre 2-play subscriptions are available for $26 - $50. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

Members of the press are invited to Opening Night on Saturday, December 6 at 7pm. To reserve tickets, contact Christine Kozsuch at, 267.257.5866.

Founded in 1988, the Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five mainstage and two Arden Children’s Theatre shows are produced each season. The Arden provides extensive arts education programs including Arden For All, a program in the schools in the Greater Philadelphia community. In the fall of 2013, The Arden completed construction on the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building at 62 N. 2nd Street that is home to six classrooms, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, Teacher Resource Center and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. The Hamilton is home to the New Play Development program and Arden Drama school. 

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 59 awards and 300 nominations from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009. They have been awarded specifically for their children’s work with the “Best of Philly” Award for Play in a Day in 2009, “Best of Philly” Award for Theatre for Kids in 2007, “Best of Philly” Best Kid’s Theatre Series in 2001 and “Best of Philly” Best Children’s Theatre Award in 2000.



Beauty and the Beast
By Charles Way
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, two sisters leave London to start a new life after the loss of their family fortune. One is eager and outgoing. The other, Belle, is afraid and shy. When Belle meets the Beast, she begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.

Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

November 26 – February 1, 2015
Preview performances: November 26 – December 6, 2014
Opening night: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7pm

Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit

$18-$36 depending on age and the performance chosen
Group discounts available for 20+
Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

E. Ashley Izard - The Housekeeper
Emilie Krause - Belle
Kevin Meehan - Daniel Knightly/Jan
Matteo Scammell - The Beast
Brian Anthony Wilson - George Godwin

Whit MacLaughlin - Director
David P. Gordon - Scenic Designer
Richard St. Clair - Costume Designer
Brian Sidney Bembridge - Lighting Designer
Rob Kaplowitz - Sound Designer
Sebastienne Mundheim/White Box Theatre - Shadow and Object Designer

Post-show question and answer sessions follow each performance. Audience members can also meet and greet cast members in the lobby following each performance.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. ASL shadow interpreted performances by Hands Up will take place on Friday, January 9 at 10am and Saturday, January 10 at 4pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

Made possible by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, Teen Ardenhosts Teen Night at the Theatre on Friday, December 12 at 7pm. $10 tickets include a pre-show party and a post-show meet and greet with members of the creative team and cast. Buy tickets at  or call 215.922.1122.

Remaining shows in the Ardenís 2014/15 Season include:
Beauty and the Beast, By Charles Way –  November 26, 2014-February 2, 2015
Under the Skin, A world premiere by Michael Hollinger – January 15- March 15, 2015
Macbeth, By William Shakespeare – March 5 – April 19, 2015
The Jungle Book,
A world premiere by Greg Banks – April 15 – June 21, 2015
Passion, Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – May 21 – June 28, 2015

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