The West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT) presented a tale as old as time, Disney’s classic version of “Beauty and the Beast,” on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.
Families began to line up inside the lobby of the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street an hour early in anticipation for the event. The audience was expected to be the largest turnout of the summer, according to WVPT executive director Larry Mabrey.
“This is a magical show. We wanted to end our season with a family-friendly show, and we’re very excited to go out on a bang,” Mabrey said, “On Friday night, we had ‘Pay With a Can Night.’ We call it Act Against Hunger.
“People came with cans of food, and they were able to see the show for free. Then that food was donated to Empty Bowls Monongalia. We’ve been doing that each Friday for the summer. We had a huge pile of food this week because of this show. It’s fantastic. The actors are amazing. The set, the costumes ... this is a real top-notch production. We’re really, really proud of it.”
The show was performed from Wednesday-Sunday and is the last show of WVPT’s 2015 summer season lineup.