Encore Musicals is bringing a tale as old as time to the RiverPark Center this month, with multiple performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast spread over two weekends. Director David Roberson said it is the “biggest and most involved production that Encore has attempted.”
The 42 cast members will present their show on July 16-17 and 23-24, and they have been working tirelessly to put it together.
“We started in mid-May with auditions and we have continued four nights a week ever since then,” Roberson said. “It’s a 7-8 week production schedule to try to get everything accomplished, on stage, and looking right.”
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was supposed to be Encore’s 2020 production, but Roberson explained that they wanted to wait to actually cast and rehearse it until they knew they could give it everything it deserves post-pandemic.
“A lot of folks have grown up with the story, which everyone knows and loves. It’s about seeing what’s on the inside of a person instead of what’s on the outside,” Roberson said. “The show is big because people expect to see certain things when they see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”
The cast ranges widely in age and backgrounds, but Roberson saif they come together to form a wonderful team with a powerful voice.
“It’s amazing to see the talent that Owensboro has. The community is going to really enjoy it and when the ensemble sings, they’ll melt,” Roberson said. “We have good voices all the way through and I’m really excited for the community to see the show.”
Tickets can be purchased through the RiverPark Center’s website or at in person.