Bringing Beauty — and Beast — to Stage


Music director Willa Brown works the cast through a few warm-up scales before the performance.


Gaston (Anthony Carrell) and LeFou (Melissa Becker) in town for the day with the townspeople.


Belle (Jenna Kraynak) appears in town to pick up another book to read. More photos on page 22

"Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" was presented by the Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre last weekend. The production was directed and choreographed by Gae Schmidt. Willa Brown returned as music director; Cassie Sauer, stage manager; Laura Marshall, assistant producer; Susy Coffey, sound design and Bill Johnson, stage design. Dozens of families and friends volunteered for set construction, the stage crew, lighting, graphic design, props, seamstresses, publicity, make-up, and photography.

For more information on the Children’s Theatre, call 703-360-0686 or visit www.mvcct.org.