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Looking for something fun to do this weekend for the whole family? Guilford Youth & Family Services (GY&FS) Family Theatre is putting on its sixth annual community performance, this year producing Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Producer and Co-Director Mike Kosko said that each year GY&FS chooses a show that not only will entertain a broad range of ages, but also will provide a positive message for Guilford residents.
"We're not just putting on a musical; we're putting on a show that will identify with different good character traits," Kosko said. "With Beauty and the Beast, some of the themes that we work with include family boundaries, because it is a story of a girl and the struggle she has with being different and her loving and supportive father, who is also seen as different, as well as seeing people for their inner beauty and realizing who the beast is.
"It provides some positive themes to run with and gives the community something to look at and talk about rather than just putting on any old show," Kosko added. "It also gives us the chance to give the education piece within the cast."
The annual shows feature Guilford youth performers and one of the aspects of the production that GY&FS takes the most pride in is that, though high school actors have aged out of the production, many of them volunteer to work as crewmembers and student choreographers. Parents of performers are also an integral part of the event, helping to keep the production alive and running over the past few years by dedicating time and effort.
This year, rather than holding two evening performances and one matinee, there will be one evening performance and two matinees on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at noon to make the show more accessible to all ages. The show runs about 1½ hours, with a 15-minute intermission in the middle of each performance. A concession stand will be open, too. All proceeds from the show will benefit GY&FS.
Tickets are now available for $10, with a family discount offered upon request. To purchase tickets prior to the shows, head to the GY&FS Office at 36 Graves Access behind the Guilford Town Hall. Tickets will also be available at the high school during the show. For more information, call GY&FS at 203-453-8047.