Children's theater is a great way to gently introduce kids to theater before they realize that most plays are just about sad guys talking. Get kid-friendly kicks with this GrouponLive deal to see CATCO is Kids presents Beauty and the Beast at Studio One Riffe Center on Friday, January 18, at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get one children’s ticket for best-available seating, good for ages 12 and younger (up to a $12.90 value, including all fees).
- For $10, you get one adult ticket for best-available seating (up to a $24.15 value, including all fees).
With the help of Columbus State Community College, the CATCO is Kids players enact a raucous interpretation of Beauty and the Beast in the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte, characterized by stock characters, a clown-like ensemble, and zany comedy. In this telling, Isabella, the daughter of a money-obsessed miser, is promised by her father to wed Il Capitano, a boastful soldier. However, Isabella only has eyes for the noble Leandro, and so it is up to her father’s servant, Arlecchino, and his band of witless Zannis to reunite her with her true love. Trading other versions’ literal beast for an imaginary one, the conspirators invent a story about a false kidnapping at the hands of a monster to cover up Isabella’s disappearance.