ABT & HCT's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Book Drive to Benefit Valley Children

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) and the Herberger Theater Center (HTC) are partnering with the Peoria Public Library System and Phoenix Public Libraries for a special Beauty and The Beast Summer Literacy Campaign and Children's Book Drive. Donated books will be distributed to underserved communities throughout the Valley of The Sun.

ABT audiences and Peoria Public Library patrons are invited to drop-off new and gently used children's books at Peoria Main Library (8463 W. Monroe St, Peoria) and Sunrise Mountain Branch (21109 N. 98th Ave, Peoria) during the months of May and June. Donations will also be accepted before performances of Beauty and The Beast at Arizona Broadway Theatre June 2 through July 2, 2017. Distribution of books will be in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sun City (rotaryclubsuncityaz.com) and Peoria North Rotary (peorianorthrotary.net).

HTC audiences and Phoenix Public Library customers are invited to drop-off books at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N. Central Ave, Phoenix), Mesquite Library (4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N.) and Ironwood Library (4333 E. Chandler Blvd.) May 15 through July 16. Donations will also be accepted before performances of Beauty and The Beast at Herberger Theater Center July 7-16, 2017. Distribution of books will be in partnership with the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library (plfriends.org).

The public is encouraged to give the gifts of Imagination and Learning by donating a book to enrich the learning of children throughout our community. Those who donate will receive a special edition Beauty and The Beast bookmark with promotional coupon code for tickets to Beauty and The Beast at either ABT or HTC.

"In Beauty and The Beast, Belle teaches us that new worlds can be unlocked and imaginations can soar by reading a book," said Brad York, ABT's director of marketing. "She inspires us to always be curious and have a hunger for knowledge. These books will give underserved young people an opportunity to expand their horizons through reading."

Disney's Beauty and The Beast is an Arizona Broadway Theatre production running at the Peoria theatre June 2 through July 2, 2017. The show will be co-presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Herberger Theater Center at HTC, July 7 through 16, 2017. This production marks a continued partnership between ABT and HTC in 2017, having co-produced A Christmas Carol: The Musical at HTC in 2016. The two leading Valley arts organization have also announced plans to continue the "tradition" and will remount A Christmas Carol: The Musical at HTC this coming holiday season. Beauty and The Beast ticketing and venue information is available at azbroadway.org/beauty and by calling the ABT box office at 623-776-8400 or the HTC box office at 602-252-8497.

ABT, Arizona's one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional theatre showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists and provides palate-pleasing sit-down table service with themed menu items prepared fresh daily to accompany the award-winning on-stage fare. With one reservation, you can enjoy a full night's entertainment without having to rush around the Phoenix sprawl between meal and show! ABT is conveniently located south of West Bell Road off Loop 101 in the P83 District east of the Peoria Sports Complex. Parking is free. or visit www.azbroadway.org. Arizona Broadway Theatre's twelfth season is proudly sponsored by Arrowhead Cadillac.

The Herberger Theater Center (HTC) is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit organization that supports and fosters the growth of the arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the HTC is home to several Valley theater and dance companies; and offers three theater venues, an art gallery and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. During the last 27 years, four million patrons have enjoyed more than 11,000 performances at HTC. Proceeds from annual fundraising benefit its Youth Outreach Programs, designed to give Arizona children (ages 3-19) opportunities to excel, learn and heal through the arts. For tickets and additional information call the Box Office at 602-252-8497 or visit HerbergerTheater.org.

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