\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_25131" align="alignnone" width="3300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/?attachment_id=25131" rel="attachment wp-att-25131"><img class="size-full wp-image-25131" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/03\/Beauty-and-Beast-1.jpg" alt="" width="3300" height="2357" \/><\/a> (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>Sophie Bowes, Lillie King, Jordan Reed, Kylea Phillips and Lauren Rodgers rehearsing Disney\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast Jr.\u201d[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_25132" align="alignnone" width="3300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/?attachment_id=25132" rel="attachment wp-att-25132"><img class="size-full wp-image-25132" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/03\/Beauty-and-Beast-2.jpg" alt="" width="3300" height="2200" \/><\/a> (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>Sydnee Miller and Ryan Vaughan rehearsing Disney\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast Jr.\u201d[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) is set to present the Youth Education Program\u2019s production of Disney\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast Jr.,\u201d with music by Alan Menkin, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton, originally directed by Jess Roth, originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.<\/h1>\r\nThis classic musical runs Mar. 16-25 at 7 p.m. with a pay-what-you-can preview performance on Wednesday, Mar. 15, at 7 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 2 p.m.\r\n\r\nTickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors and $11 for children\/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT\u2019s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.\r\n\r\nIn this classic Disney tale, a cruel young prince is cursed to live as a beast until he can learn to love and be loved in return. With the help of Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip and Cogsworth, he might find redemption in the lovely Belle. This family-friendly favorite features the popular songs \u201cBe Our Guest,\u201d \u201cSomething There\u201d and \u201cBeauty and the Beast,\u201d and over 40 students.\r\n\r\nMany of the students in this production have been learning and performing in the GVT Education Program since they were children. Seniors Jordan Reed and Sydnee Miller are veterans of the program and are preparing for their final youth musical on GVT\u2019s stage.\r\n\r\n\u201cTo see them perform in Disney\u2019s \u2018Beauty and the Beast Jr.\u2019 as seniors is remarkable. They\u2019ve turned into talented actors and thoughtful young adults,\u201d Education Director Courtney Susman said about working with Reed and Miller. \u201cTo be a part of that growing up process here at GVT is something I cherish daily.\u201d\r\n\r\nReed\u2019s eight years, with roles in \u201cLes Mis\u00e9rables: School Edition\u201d and Disney\u2019s \u201cThe Little Mermaid Jr.\u201d have improved his vocabulary and taught him many skills, such as adaptability. A \u201cBeauty and the Beast\u201d fan since childhood, his role gives him the chance to put those skills to work on a story that he grew up appreciating. He\u2019s having a great time portraying one of the most fun and upbeat characters in this production.\r\n<h2>\u201cI enjoyed \u2018Beauty and the Beast\u2019 because of the story as a whole and the amazing musical numbers! What I enjoy most about Lumiere is how warm, bubbly and full of \u2018light\u2019 he is,\u201d the young actor said.<\/h2>\r\nWhile Reed plans on using what he has learned at GVT on new adventures in his future, Miller intends to continue with theater. Miller began in GVTots, and \u201cBeauty and the Beast\u201d will be her fourth spring musical. She admits that it will be strange to move her studies to West Virginia University.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen my last show is over, it will feel like a big chunk of my life is missing. I\u2019ve been here longer than I haven\u2019t. I\u2019m so happy to have such amazing people in my life,\u201d Miller said.\r\n\r\nVeteran students with so many years of experience can be intimidating to newcomers, but GVT\u2019s welcoming environment made new arrival Kaley Vestal feel right at home. Vestal is from Greenbrier West High School (GWHS) and has been in GVT\u2019s satellite after-school program for four years at GWHS. This will be her first musical at GVT.\r\n\r\nWorking alongside her peers, in both the after-school program and rehearsing for this musical, Vestal has found her time in theater to be the best of her high school career. She has learned that almost any obstacle can be overcome if you\u2019re willing to take a chance.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy advice to anyone interested is to always say \u2018yes\u2019. Saying no will only close doors and stop you from growing and blossoming as an actor\/actress, stage manager, tech crew or costumer,\u201d Vestal said.\r\n\r\nThese students may be taking their experiences with GVT in different directions, but their study and dedication have given them skills and talents that can help them accomplish their future goals no matter where they go.\r\n\r\nGVT\u2019s production of Disney\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast Jr.\u201d also includes Stella Baldwin, Sophie Bowes, Addy Carr, Ella Carr, Charleigh Carter, Thomas Cornett, Christina Cullen, Sophia Gum, Maggie Hunter, Grace Johnson, Sarah Jones, Lillie King, Shaylen Lafferty, Kaelin Maro, Jacob Masters, Sarah Miller, Emarya Montgomery, Kymberlyn Morgan, Stella Neeley, Kylea Phillips, Lauren Rodgers, Khalil Samuels, Will Sarver, Sam Snyder, Sarah Stacy, Cora Taylor, Jameson Vance, Emma Vass, Ryan Vaughan, Olivia Voltaggio, Zenya Walters, B\u2019Launa Westmoreland, Jed White, Isaiah Workman and Blaine Yates.