“Be Our Guest!” The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.
Redlands, CA- Redlands Bowl Performing Arts (RBPA) is pleased to announce that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been selected as the musical for the 95th Season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. The show will be directed by Wayne Scott, whose previous directing credits at the Redlands Bowl include The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. He also directed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Redlands Bowl in 2006.The show will run Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, 2018 with a public dress rehearsal on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
“RBPA is proud to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for only the second time in our history. Like the Redlands Bowl, the ‘tale as old as time’ is classic and timeless. We are thrilled to have Wayne Scott at the helm again as producer/director. He will bring magic to the Bowl!” said RBPA Executive Director Beverly Noerr.
“It was a joyous experience to help present Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Redlands Bowl in 2006. Now, with new technical advances and an amazing array of local talent, we have an opportunity to revisit this timeless classic and present a castle full of magical surprises. We’ll be pulling out all the stops next summer to create an unforgettable entertainment experience,” said Wayne Scott.
Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, is an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
“It is always a great honor and a career highlight to work with Redlands Bowl Performing Arts. Everyone associated with this outstanding organization is dedicated to excellence. The organization’s spirit of service to the community through the arts is exciting and contagious. I look forward to another stellar season from RBPA. With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it will be a privilege to join a talented team in presenting a musical treat for the Inland Empire,” continued Scott.
The classic story tells 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 into 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.
“We are thrilled Wayne Scott will once again bring Beauty and the Beast to life on the Redlands Bowl stage. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since it’s last run here and we are truly excited to bring Disney’s acclaimed Broadway production to a whole new generation of Bowl attendees!” said Valerie Peister, RBPA Program Director.
Wayne R. Scott is the president and founder of LifeHouse Productions, Inc. and LifeHouse Theater of Redlands, CA. He is a writer, composer, producer and director who has authored 30 original musicals and numerous other widely produced works. Among Scott’s critically acclaimed productions are original versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Island, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Esther, Joseph, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Aladdin.
In addition to his original musicals, Scott is the author and designer of the popular “Bethlehem Marketplace” walk-through adventure, an annual Christmas interactive production seen by thousands of guests at select locations around the United States. He also wrote a thirteen-episode nationally distributed video series for children, “The Kids of Rainbow Cove.” He has also written, produced and narrated numerous commercial video productions for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations, including Hospital Chaplains of America, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and Ronald McDonald House.
Scott has won nine Inland Theater League awards for writing, composing, and directing. He has also received two Inland Theater League Awards for acting and a special citation for founding LifeHouse Productions.
Wayne Scott was also honored as the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts “Hero of the Arts” in 2015 for his contributions to the performing arts in our community.
Auditions are anticipated to be held in mid-March, 2018. Rehearsals will begin in mid-May. All roles are open and further details will be announced at the first of the year.
Redlands Bowl Performing Arts is the presenter of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival which holds the distinction of being the longest continuously running music festival in the United States at which no admission is charged. The Redlands Bowl is attended by over 100,000 members of the public each summer. For more information, please go to www.redlandsbowl.org or call (909) 793-7316.