- $15 for two tickets to Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. performed by the Fox Valley Rep Youth Ensemble (up to $30 value)
- Where: The Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Saturday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday, August 9, at 7 p.m.
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr.
The story is, as the song says “as old as time.” Belle, a beautiful young bookworm, feels trapped by life in her small French village. But then her beloved father goes missing, and when Belle goes searching for him, discovers the magical truth: he’s been imprisoned by a horrible beast, best known to fans as The Beast, and this former prince wouldn’t be so beastly if not for a curse that can only be broken by true love. Belle exchanges her father’s captivity for her own, and stays with the distempered furball and his servants—a lovable gang of animated housewares who hope that the heroine can restore their prince’s handsome exterior.
Disney’s animated film dazzled audiences in 1991, netting two Oscar wins. The musical found similar success when it debuted on Broadway in 1994, and continues to be performed in schools and theaters around the world. The theatrical adaptation shines the spotlight on a cast portraying cleverly costumed clocks, frolicking silverware, and the occasional human being. Audiences can also expect to hear beloved tunes from the acclaimed team of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including the show-stopping “Be Our Guest.”
Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort
In 1964, Fox Valley Repertory was born as the Pheasant Run Playhouse. A dinner theater attached to Pheasant Run Resort, the space hosted stars such as William Shatner, Phyllis Diller, and Betty Grable throughout the '60s and '70s. The repertoire expanded into the world of Broadway musicals in the late 1980s with hits including Grease and The King and I. But the venue was looking to expand in a more literal direction as well: in 2002 it underwent extensive renovations to transform from a humble playhouse to a fully modern performing arts facility.
Following its facade-lift, the Playhouse became the home of Chicago’s Noble Fool Theater Company, who officially re-dubbed themselves Fox Valley Repertory in 2011. It's a name that better represents the ensemble's investment in the community. Today, the repertory continues to earn praise for its family-friendly productions and educational opportunities for aspiring thespians and light bulbs hoping to become spotlights.