Posting Date: 12/1/08

Students featured in "Beauty & the Beast" at newly re-opened Strand Theatre in Marietta

By Cheryl Anderson Brown



Four KSU College of the Arts students and an alumna are making the season a little brighter by performing in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre production of "Beauty & the Beast" at the newly revitalized Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. The production of Disney's enduringly popular musical runs Dec. 5-21 .

Theatre and performance studies major Natalie Barrow has a featured role as Babette, the feather duster. TPS graduate Elizabeth Neidel (2007 ) has supporting roles as Alumni, Silly Girl #3 and Wolf. Meanwhile, dance majors Chase Todd and Jason Marett and TPS major Nick Morrett are in the ensemble as the Salt Shaker, Pepper Shaker and Knife, respectively.

"We would love for people from KSU to come and see us and to know that some students are really trying to start their careers," Todd said. Besides, he added, "Who doesn't love dancing utensils, napkins and jumping salt and pepper."

The Atlanta Lyric Theatre at the Strand, which is re-opening after a $5 million campaign to restore the facility as a venue for live performance. Originally opened as a movie house in 1935, the building had been used for a number of purposes until 2002 when it was vacated. A year later, the Friends of the Strand board, on which Dean Joseph Meeks serves, was created to "Bring Back the Strand." "Beauty & the Beast" will be the first public event to be performed since the renovation.

For tickets, call 404-377-9948 or buy online.


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