The signs have dotted lawns since January and tickets have been on sale for the past month.
And Belmont High School's Performing Arts Company is just about ready to present a tale as old as time with performances of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."
With a cast of 70 performers, a backstage crew of 40 students and a pit orchestra of 30 musicians, this "Beauty" is the biggest musical Belmont High School has produced.
With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and lyrics by Howard Ashman ("Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid) and Tim Rice (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King), the hit movie and Broadway show will be coming to Belmont High School's auditorium for four performances:
• March 15: 7 p.m.
• March 16: 7 p.m.
• March 17: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maruice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince. In addition, there are familiar characters such as Gaston, LeFou, Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and her son, Chip.
With wonderful songs such as "Be Our Guest" and the title song, the show has enthralled Broadway audiences for more than 13 years.
Directed and produced by Chris Brindley, the PAC's production will benefit from Kenny Raskin, who played 'LeFou' in the original Broadway production, who is acting as the clowning coach.
Tickets are $15 for advance sale on-line and $18 at the door.
It is best to get tickets before the show as the PAC is expecting each show to sell out.