The Hanover Theatre Youth Summer Program Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Students hailing from several areas in and around Massachusetts will participate in The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Art's 2018 Youth Summer Program (YSP). The first teen session of YSP will present Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 at 2 and 7 p.m., and the second session will present the show Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. YSP Pre-Teen will present Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. on Saturday August 11 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets for all performances are now on sale.

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide and ran for more than 13 years on Broadway. 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 Menken and Tim Rice.

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 transform 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.

"This is our 10th year of the Youth Summer Program, and we're so excited to be presenting such a magnificent show," Education Director Meghan Montaner said. "We've been incredibly fortunate to work with some very talented students over the last decade, and I know this year will continue that tradition."

Tickets to Beauty and the Beast are $18. Tickets to Beauty and the Beast JR. are $12. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre box office located at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester.

The Hanover Theatre continues to draw over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits ("Les Misérables," "Jersey Boys"), comedians (Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Daniel Tosh), musical acts (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Donny Osmond) and everything in between ("A Christmas Carol," Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Alton Brown). POLLSTAR consistently ranks The Hanover Theatre as one of the Top Theatres in the World. After nine seasons, the award-winning, historic theatre continues to establish its place as a world-class performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of downtown Worcester. The Hanover Theatre's 551 Main Street space houses new function rooms, administrative offices, space for a restaurant to open in 2018 and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts on the lower level.

Worcester Center for Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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