A tale as old as time: "Beauty and the Beast" in Norwich

Mena Buscetto, foreground, plays Belle, and Jaron Wilbur is the Beast. Other cast members include, from left, Delaney Waldron as Chip, Patrick DiCesare as Cogsworth, Nate Ingalls as Lumiere, and Madeline Carney as Babette.
Mena Buscetto, foreground, plays Belle, and Jaron Wilbur is the Beast. Other cast members include, from left, Delaney Waldron as Chip, Patrick DiCesare as Cogsworth, Nate Ingalls as Lumiere, and Madeline Carney as Babette.

Be their guest. Yes, Belle and the Beast and Lumiere and Mrs. Potts will be bringing to life the Disney musical "Beauty and the Beast" onstage this weekend.

This Broadway Kids & Company performance happens at Norwich Free Academy's Slater Auditorium, and it features a cast of talented children from that performing arts school.

Kristin Burrows, who owns and is artistic director of the Niantic-based Broadway Kids & Company, directs and produces this "Beauty and the Beast." She herself has performed professionally, both in regional theater and off-Broadway.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., and 2 p.m. Sun., Slater Auditorium, Norwich, Free Academy, 108 Crescent St., Norwich; $20 ages 3 and older (free for ages 2 and under); (860) 691-0060.

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