Beauty & The Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is playing at Biddeford Middle School’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 24, 2023, and Friday, March 25, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. each evening.  The 60-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney’s 1991 animated feature film. The Biddeford Middle School Drama Club’s cast includes 70 students led by Coleen Hatt. 

“The students have worked very hard to learn the music, choreography, and roles for Beauty and the Beast JR.,” said BMS Drama Teacher Coleen Hatt.  “We have a wonderful show and are very excited to share this musical with our community!”

Beauty and the Beast JR. tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor, who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return – before time runs out.  With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible. Beauty and the Beast JR. features classic songs from the Academy Award®-winning film score such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony®-nominated Broadway musical.

Both shows are free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. For more information about licensing Beauty and the Beast JR. or other Disney shows, please visit

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.  MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials, and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community, and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior® shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.