CPS Invites Families to 'Be Our Guest' to Meet Belle and Friends


“Beauty and the Beast” cast members George Scoville-Upham (Lumière), Erin Higgins (Belle) and David Bish (Cogsworth) rehearse a comic scene in preparation for performances running July 31 to Aug. 4.

The Community Performance Series announces an opportunity to meet Belle and her enchanted friends. With a special ticket reservation made available through the CPS Box Office, children are given the opportunity to interact with the costumed cast members of this season’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

This limited engagement will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. prior to evening performances from Wednesday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 3, and from 12:30 to 1 p.m. before the matinee performance on Saturday, Aug. 4. All events will be offered in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Participation includes interaction with the characters on stage and the opportunity to receive an autograph on your very own copy of the production’s poster. Following the event, each family will be sent a photo of their child with the characters on the set. 

“The idea originated from our choreographer, Meaghan Manor-Janovsky, who thought it would be a great experience for the kids to meet the characters outside of the show. We decided to run with the idea and make it an event that would add nostalgic value to the live performance,” said Meg Watson, marketing and education coordinator. “The community has been so supportive of our production, so we wanted to embrace this chance to give back. We look forward to the opportunity to get our audience members more involved with the show and our incredible cast.”

Tickets to this event are $12 and space is very limited. For more information on how you can participate in this event or to purchase your performance tickets, please call the CPS Box Office for details at (315) 267-2277. Tickets to the performance are selling fast, so make sure to get yours soon so as not to miss this incredible family experience.

Tickets are on sale now for the CPS production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Performances run from Tuesday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. There is also a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Information on both events is also available at www.cpspotsdam.org and at www.facebook.com/cpspotsdam. Be sure to check back to our websites closer to the performances for parking updates.

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

For more information, 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.