CPS Tickets Now on Sale for Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'


Vocal rehearsals began in early June for the CPS production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The actors are seen practicing here. Performances run from July 31 to Aug. 4.

Tickets for the 2012 Community Performance Series production of Disney's musical "Beauty and the Beast,” are now on sale. Featuring a cast of talented actors from St. Lawrence County and beyond, the production will run from Tuesday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. 

“The cast we have is extremely talented. I think the blend of their unique, collective talents will be remarkable to see onstage,” said Sarah McCann, CPS’s summer company manager. “After witnessing the first rehearsal, the whole staff knew that this was going to be a great show because the cast is already embodying their characters. We are really excited to bring this incredible family show to the Potsdam community!”

The leading lady, Belle, will be portrayed by the North Country’s very own Erin Higgins of Waddington. The Beast will be played by Justin Randolph, and Gaston will be portrayed by Peter Caporal, both of New York City. Two Potsdam natives will also join the cast, with Jeffrey Grigel as Lefou, and Syl Foisy as the adorable cracked teacup, Chip. Maurice, Belle’s father, will be portrayed by Morgan Hastings of Canton.

The dynamic duo Lumière and Cogsworth are slated to be played by George Scoville-Upham of Malone and David Bish of Massena, respectively. Fellow house servant Babette will be played by Cecilia Snow of Schenectady, the Wardrobe will be played by Melissa Becker of Lindenhurst and the mysterious D’Arque will be played by Jay Kepes of Colton.

Filling out the rest of the boisterous cast are community members spanning 10 different North Country towns. The production’s artistic team also features several community professionals, as well as designers from around the U.S.

For availability information, or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.cpspotsdam.org, or call the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277. Tickets are also available for purchase at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. 

The CPS production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, with additional support from Frazer, Inc., and SUNY Potsdam. 

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. CPS has been in residence at SUNY Potsdam since 1989.

For more information about the 2012 CPS summer musical, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.