June 1, 2019

Power Center

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Creative Team

Directors: Emma Ashford, Nina White   

Music Director:   Eric Lofstrom

Vocal Director:  Karen TenBrink

Stage Manager:  Ciera Flickingshelt

Production Design:   Joey Ostrander

Costume Design:   Susan Pearlman

Sound Design:   Patrick Schrock

Lighting Design:   Noemi Ybarra


Belle: Madison McBride

Beast: James Young

Mrs. Potts: Linzi Thomas

Madame La Grande Bouche: NJ Nicholson

Lumiere: Luke Bove

Cogsworth: Neil McCaffrey

Chip: Soren Anderson

Babette: Zan Berube

Gaston: Jake Smith

Le Fou: Jordan Khalaf

Maurice: Phillip Rhodes

D'Arque: Conrad Sager

Silly Sisters: Owen Claire Smith, Mika Martin, Anna Zanin

Featured Ensemble: Madeline Dineen, Dana Steiner, Rachel Francisco, Beth Ballbach, Sara Hodgman, Garrett Forrestal, Adam Collins

"Beth, that was one of the very best performances I’ve seen on stage in Ann Arbor! It was really special—“high performance values” as Susan Morris used to say, wonderful singing, including yours! And such great acting! It was a full production minus scenery. Musically and dramatically so much alive! And I kept thinking, this is the ONLY performance—this is like the cherry blossoms in Japan, to be valued in part because they are perfect but fleeting. And I was so proud of it being an Ann Arbor, local, production."