MELROSE — The play Beauty and the Beast will be performed at the Melrose Performing Arts Center in the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School next week.

The play will be performed on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, both beginning at 7 p.m. The play will also be performed on Sunday, April 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at https://melrosedrama.wordpress.com/tickets.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him gets her captured by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn how to love and be loved again, the curse will be broken.

This musical tale of redemption is family friendly and is appropriate for all ages. It includes many beloved songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice such as “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Be Our Guest.”

With a cast and crew of over 65 Melrose students, Beauty and the Beast is brought to you by the same team that produced past Melrose Drama favorites such as Oliver, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid JR and Mulan JR. Following in the tradition of past Melrose Drama productions, the musical will include spectacular costumes, elaborate sets and a full orchestra led by Conductor Matthew Repucci.

Beauty and the Beast is directed by Adam Schuler. The musical director is Kristen McEntee. Rebecca Flint is the play’s choreographer. The technical director is David McCall. The play’s music is composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics written by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

For more information on the show, send an e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected] For more info on the Melrose Drama program, “like” the Melrose Drama Page at https://www.facebook.com/MelroseDrama.