Alamance Children’s Theatre performs ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

By Bryan Council Jr. / Special to the Times-News


The Alamance Children’s Theatre is performing “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington Friday through Sunday and on Oct. 13-15.

Directed by Tami Kress, this is an amazing family show for all ages to enjoy.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a practice rehearsal and found myself mesmerized by the amazing talent of every cast member.

Belle, played by Cornelia Barnwell, has a wonderful personality. Her character’s witty comments and emotional connection with her father make the audience fall in love with her. Barnwell plays the part of Belle perfectly, and you will find yourself wrapped up in the show right along with everyone else around her.


Big scene changes are effortlessly smooth and I strongly encourage the audience to pay attention to the ensemble characters. All have their own characteristics and important parts — down to the dancing plates, forks and spoons, and even the whisk!

The Beast, played by Wesley Shelton, has amazing stage presence. He controls his tone in a way that sends chills down your spine.

Watching the cast pour their heart and soul into such a large production will make you smile through the entire show. I strongly encourage you to take the time and get your tickets now. This show will be spectacular and I am looking forward to seeing it at the Paramount.

Show dates and times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Oct 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 2 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for students/seniors. The Paramount Theater of Burlington is located at 128 E. Front St. Buy tickets at the box office from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays or one hour before show time. Tickets also can be purchased by calling 336-222-TIXS (336-222-8497)

Bryan Council Jr. is a junior at The Burlington School.

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