The story of “Beauty and the Beast” will be on the boards this Valentine’s weekend at the Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton.
Performed by STARS Community Drama under the direction of Tisha Gotte, the play tells the unforgettable love story of Belle and the Beast.
“This classic love story is filled with unforgettable characters,” Gotte said.
Belle is played by Ashley Gotte and the Beast is played by Justin Bates, a theater major at Reinhardt University in Waleska.
Others among the cast include Marenda Barnett, Eric Bach, Lauren Holt, Aaron Gotte and Cara Evans.
As the story goes, on a cold winter night, an old beggar woman comes upon a glorious castle belonging to a young prince.
She asks the master of the castle to allow her to stay the night, away from the cold, and in return she will give him a single rose, but the prince is vain and uncaring and turns her away solely for her appearance.
As he does this, she warns him not to be fooled by appearances, as true beauty lies within, only to be rejected again.
Seeing his horrible heart for what it truly is, she transforms into a beautiful enchantress and turns the prince into a hideous Beast and his servants into various household objects.
She gives him the rose to use as an hour-glass.
The only way he can break the spell is to learn to love another and earn her love in return by the time the last petal falls.
Performances are tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Cherokee Arts Center is located at 94 North St. in Canton.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
Tickets available at tix.com, the arts center or at the door on the day of the performance.