Studio Tenn wants you to be their guest this December for their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This holiday season, they’ll bring the beloved fairytale to life in the Factory at Franklin‘s Jamison Theater. The show runs from Dec. 7 through Dec. 30.
Interim Artistic Director, Benji Kern, will make his directorial debut at Studio Tenn with this production. He can’t wait for audiences to follow Belle on her journey.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the kind of fairytale that everyone can get behind,” Kern says. “An intelligent, genuine and independent woman that personifies family and kindness mixed in with the elements of magic and friendship that Disney is known for… What’s not to love?”
Lipscomb University sophomore, Hatty Ryan King, will be playing Belle. She’s looking forward to working with the company to bring this show to life.
“Studio Tenn is a company I have admired since I was just discovering my passion for theatre. To be making my debut with them and in a show like this truly feels like a dream,” King explains before adding, “That is exactly what I want to show our audiences — that Belle is a real girl first and a princess second.”
Patrick Thomas will play opposite King’s Belle. He tackles the role of The Beast. It’s been a welcomed challenge for Thomas.
“The toughest part for me is trying to embody the fantastical side of the Beast. Any character that started as a magical, animated creature brings with it the challenge of authenticity,” he says. “I want The Beast to be relatable. His insecurities, self-loathing and loneliness are real. I want to channel those emotions and still find a way to fully commit to his larger than life aspects.”
Studio Tenn’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a great addition to your holiday schedule. Tickets are available on Studio Tenn’s website or by calling (615) 541-8200.