It has played in 13 countries to more than 35 million people worldwide. This is the final weekend to catch a local theater company’s take on a modern day Disney favorite. Cross Community Players is presenting “Beauty and the Beast” at Maple Grove Middle School through Sunday. “This production in particular, obviously, is a community theater production, but it's one that we tried to put a little bit of a different spin on it,” said director Liz Yoder. Jessica Arend plays Belle in the production. “We’re doing our best to really bring the warmth and the familiarity of the Disney story, but bring our own Cross Community Players flair.” Jared Mogen is cast as the “Beast” in the show. “As he's softened up by Belle throughout the show, you see happiness and you see kindness, and you see kind of a youthful energy,” said Mogen. Arend contrasts the positive message of the play against some of the ugliness we see in the world today. “Being a part of this production, I have found a sense of hope and almost a source of healing in being part of such a redemptive story. And I'm really excited to share the story with other people because I think there is not a more timely message,” said Arend. This is a perfect family production for all ages. "Beauty and the Beast" runs through Sunday at Maple Grove Middle School. Show times are 7:30pm Friday and Saturday with a 3pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $18 and help offset the production expenses. Nonperishable food donations are being accepted at the door to benefit the Cross Food Shelf. Neil Pursley reporting http://twelve.tv Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/CH12app
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