Beauty and the Beast

June 3 – July 31, 2021

Be our guest in the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will be broken, and he will be transformed into his former self…but time is running out!

With classic songs such as “Belle”, “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston”, “Beauty and the Beast”, this tale as old as time will bring your entire family together.

Rated G

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes 

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Beauty and the Beast

June 3 – July 31, 2021

Be our guest in the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will be broken, and he will be transformed into his former self…but time is running out!

With classic songs such as “Belle”, “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston”, “Beauty and the Beast”, this tale as old as time will bring your entire family together.

Rated G

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes 

Danielle Hope Abrom

Danielle Hope Abrom (Ensemble/Enchantress) is excited to be returning to the Dutch Apple where she was last seen as Victoria in Cats. Favorite roles include Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Ivy Smith in On the Town. BFA in Film-Temple University; trained at Pennsylvania School of Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School. She recently published a book, Shadow of Eclipse, and is continuing to workshop her original musical, Royal Shadows, which had its first concert version at the Fulton Theatre Studio in 2019. Many thanks to Lauren Sobon for the opportunity! daniellehopeabrom.com

Robert Ayala

Robert Ayala (Ensemble/Gaston US) was just recently seen in On Your Feet at The Dutch Apple! @_robertayala

Joshua Bellamy

Joshua Bellamy (Ensemble/US LeFou/Dance Captain) International Tour: The Wizard of Oz (Hunk/Scarecrow). National Tour: The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain). Regional: Kinky Boots (Angel), Disney’s Newsies (Specs), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), Rent (Angel), West Side Story (Swing), Peter Pan (Michael Darling), plus many other productions with Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Media Theatre, Sight & Sound, Norwegian Cruise Lines, American Music Theatre, and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

TIMOTHE BITTLE

Timothe Bittle (Lumiere) is super excited to back at the DADT. Last seen as Mr. Greenway in Elf the Musical. Originally from Randleman, NC he has been blessed to perform all around the United States, Canada, and Japan. Some of his favorite roles have been Mr. Henshaw in the National Tour of Finding Neverland, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Coalhouse in Ragtime, Jim in Big River, Benny in In The Heights, and Curtis Jackson in Sister Act. @tlbittle

SHANNON CONNOLLY

Shannon Connolly (Mrs. Potts) is “enchanted” to return not only to the Dutch Apple, but to the role of Mrs. Potts. You may have seen her previously in Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), Lucky Stiff (Rita LaPorta), A Christmas Carol (Mrs Fezziwig), and A Christmas Story (Miss Shields). Much love to the entire cast and crew; extra love to Frank. (Shannon-Connolly.com)

Zachary Fernback

Zachary Fernback (LeFou) is ecstatic to be performing the role of LeFou here at Dutch Apple Theatre! He graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College (2021). He is also a graduate of the Sight and Sound Conservatory (2016). Some of Zach’s favorite credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Cosmo), Ruth (Mahlon), Hello Dolly! (Waiter-BarnabyU/S) with LBC; Newsies (Race/Fight Captain) with EPAC; Samson (Ensemble) with Sight and Sound Theaters; Titanic (Latimer); Featured Dancer in Sing, Sing, Swing with Servant Stage; and Lead Candy Cane/Tea in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ with CPYB. Zach would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support. All glory to God!

KAYLA HALL

Kayla Hall (Silly Girl/Ensemble) is happy to return to this stage where she began performing at the age of 8! She has previously performed here in Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, King & I, and currently Disney’s Descendants! When not on stage, Kayla is a first grade teacher and a dance instructor/choreographer for Dutch Apple’s Broadway Bound Camp. Special thanks to her family, friends, and D’Apple creatives.

Frank Hughes

Frank Hughes (Cogsworth) is ecstatic to be back at the Dutch Apple and the Enchanted Castle! You may have seen him as Howard Cunningham in Happy Days. Recent favorite Dutch Apple credits include Lucky Stiff (Luigi Gaudi), A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig), and Sister Act. Much love to the cast, crew, and creative team, extra love to Shannon. For my mom.
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Braedyn Jones

Braedyn Jones (Chip) is excited to make his first appearance on the Dutch Apple stage. Though not a stranger to the stage, this will be his first time in theatre. He has been dancing for 6 years, 5 years competitively in genres such as hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, open, acro/gymnastics, lyrical and contemporary dance. He loves to preform and entertain and would like to thank his family, friends and dance teachers for their guidance and support. IG: @bajones709

KIRK LAWRENCE

Kirk Lawrence (Maurice) is thrilled to return to the Dutch Apple in this magical musical! National tours: Finding Neverland (Frohman/Hook); The Wizard of Oz (Prof. Marvel/The Wizard) Dutch Apple/Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre credits include: Clue: The Musical (Col. Mustard), West Side Story (Doc), Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom (Jean Claude), Anything Goes
(Eli Whitney), Mary Poppins (Admiral Boom/Chairman), and, A Wonderful Life (Henry Potter). Other regional credits include: Sweeney Todd (Todd), and, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Wonka). He sends love to Jamie, gratitude to the Prather organization, and, thanks you all for supporting live theater! KirkLawrence.com

Brian Nabors

Brian Nabors (Gaston) is very hype to finally be making his Prather debut! Brian received his BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University in 2018. Past credits include Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Ed (Curious Incident), and Adam (Children of Eden). Much love to Mom, Dad, Shan, and Watson. OotO. For Pop-Pop and Grandma.

Jennie Nasser

Jennie Nasser (Belle) is thrilled to return to the castle to play Belle once again. You may have seen her in other Prather Productions such as Annette in Saturday Night Fever and Sophie in Mamma Mia. She has toured internationally as the lead soloist, singing aboard Aida Cruiseline; she performed for audiences in Germany and the Canary Islands. NYC credits: An American Hero (Gallery Players) Selected regional credits: Maggie in A Chorus Line (Cumberland County Playhouse), Katharine McGowan in Titanic (Akron Civic Theatre) Lead Woman in World Goes Round (Porthouse Theatre), Mary Poppins (Cumberland County Playhouse). Her love goes out to her fiancé Michael Glavan for his unwavering support. IG: Jennienasser

Ernesto Olivas

Ernesto Olivas (Swing/Lumiere US) is thrilled to be returning to the Dutch Apple! Previously seen in On Your Feet! other favorite credits include West Side Story and Disney’s Newsies. He sends his love to his family and Levi. @ernesto__olivas

Megan Opalinski

Megan Opalinski (Wardrobe) is delighted to be back in Lancaster! D’Apple favs: Menopause The Musical (Earth Mother), Stand By Your Man (Mee Maw), Sister Act (Sister Mary Lazarus), The Music Man (Alma Hix), Regional, international & off-Broadway favorites: The national & international tours of Sister Act The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), Mamma Mia (Rosie), R&H’s Cinderella (Marie The Fairy Godmother), The Full Monty (Vicki), The Savannah Sipping Society (Jinx) The Sound Of Music (Mother Abbess), Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise), Kinky Boots (Pat), Steel Magnolias (Ousier), Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming (Vera), Les Miserables, Evita, A Man of No Importance, vocalist at The Venetian Resort in Macau, China. Registered Teacher With Yoga Alliance. Gratitude To My Ever Supportive Friends & Family. Namaste. Romans 8:31

MEGAN ORLOWSKI

Megan Orlowski (Ensemble/Mrs. Potts & Wardrobe US) is overjoyed to be back on stage at the Dutch Apple! Megan’s favorite regional credits include Mavis in Stepping Out, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Sheree in Dixie Swim Club. Megan is also an author with six series ranging from dystopian to high fantasy. You can find Megan’s books at MeganORussell.com.

Jack Packer

Jack Packer (Chip) is happy to be back on stage at Dutch Apple! Favorite credits include On Your Feet (Nayib/Young Emilio), Elf the Musical (Michael Hobbs), Finding Neverland National Tour (Jack/Peter), Holiday Inn (Charlie Winslow), JESUS (Young Jesus), and A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Jack studies voice with Reji Woods (Creative Pursuits Studio) and dance with Amy Meehan (Premiere Danse Academy). He thanks Lauren for this opportunity to perform again. Isaiah 25:1 Instagram @jackryanpacker

NICHOLAS J. PEARSON

Nicholas J. Pearson (The Beast) is so grateful to be back on the Dutch Apple after last being seen as “The Lion” in The Wizard Of Oz in 2017 before going on the road with the show in that role. Other Prather credits: “Moose” in Crazy For You. Regional credits: “Mitch”, A Streetcar Named Desire (Greenwood Lake Theatre), “Adult Male”, Spring Awakening (Three of Cups Production, NYC), “Sir Bedevere”, Spamalot (Barn Theatre, Michigan), and “Shrek”, Shrek The Musical (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). Thanks to Lauren Sobon and the Dutch Apple team for all their support. Much love to Mom Rita and sister Laura. This and every performance dedicated to his father and brother.

Aaron Pottenger

Aaron Pottenger (Ensemble) is so thrilled to be making his Dutch Apple debut in Beauty and The Beast. Recent credits include: Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, Juror #3 in Twelve Angry Jurors, Featured ensemble in Ragtime, Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. Aaron was also featured in Jonah and Miracle of Christmas at Sight and Sound Theatres! He is a proud graduate of the Sight and Sound Conservatory Class of 2017. Without the faithfulness of God none of this would be possible. Huge thank you to Prather Productions for this opportunity and the loving support of his Mother, Sister, family and best friends! IG: @TheAaronPottenger

Ashley Rubin

ASHLEY RUBIN (Female Swing) is thrilled to be in Dutch Apple’s production of Grumpy Old Men after having just recently been seen in Beauty and the Beast! National Tour: Grease! (Frenchy). Off-Broadway: I’ll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brother’s Musical. Favorite regional credits include Tanya, Mamma Mia (Interlakes Theatre) Norma Cassidy, Victor/Victoria and Margie MacDougall, Promises, Promise (Broward Stage Door); Tess, Crazy For You (Broadway Palm, Dutch Apple); Angelique, La Cage Aux Folles (MNM).

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell (Ensemble/Maurice & Cogsworth US) is overjoyed to be returning to the Dutch Apple stage. Past favorite roles include touring: Avram in Fiddler on the Roof, the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. Regional: Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty, Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain. Much love to his Dutch Apple family and to his lovely wife, Megan Orlowski.

Ryan Scanlon

Ryan Scanlon (Ensemble) is a graduate of Liberty University in 2016 and has been performing professionally since with theatre companies like Virginia Music Theatre, The Fulton, Sight & Sound and Alluvion Stage Company. Some of his favorite productions to be involved with have been The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Meet Me In St. Louis and Mamma Mia! All glory to God for the opportunities and special shout out to my favorite girl Casi Briggs. Psalms 19:14

Erica Seeling

Erica Seelig (Ensemble/Carpet) could not be more excited to get back on that stage! She has performed in the last two runs of Beauty and the Beast for Prather Productions at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, FL and the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She grew up in Atlantic City, NJ as a competitive gymnast and went on to study dance/performing arts at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has also been seen in A Chorus Line and Lights Camera Christmas (Ocean City Theatre Company) Check her out on IMDB for new upcoming Indie films. She is beyond grateful to be able to perform in such uncertain times and thanks everyone for coming out to see the show! IG: Ericaseelig

Gabriela Selino

Gabriela Selino (Silly girl/Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Beauty and The Beast. Regional: On Your Feet, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever (Maria Huerta), Grease, Sister Act. Film: Steven Spielberg’s- West Side Story, Lin Manuel Miranda’s- In the Heights , TV/Streaming: PowerBook lll, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Commercial: Trade Coffee, Musicals with a Message, Up4 probiotics Unique Blends. Print: National Campaign for Laura Geller NYC makeup. She wants to thank her big Italian familia, Ivan, her agent Jim and Prather Productions for the continuous love and support! Follow my next adventure! IG: @gabineedsacabi_nyc

Adam Sweeney

Adam Sweeney (Chip) is excited to be making his Dutch Apple debut! He has performed in several children’s shows at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, PA, including Disney’s Frozen Jr. (Olaf) and Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (John Darling). He thanks everyone at Dutch Apple for this opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show!

MEGAN URZ

Megan Urz (Silly Girl/Belle US) is super excited to share this beautiful tale as old as time! Favorite credits: The Wizard of Oz in Saudi Arabia (Dorothy Gale), Christmas Wonderland (National Tour-Spirit Productions), Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick), Annie (Star To Be), and My Fair Lady (Ensemble).
~Eph 3:20~

AUBREY YOUNG

AUBREY YOUNG (Babette) Dutch Apple debut. University of North Carolina at Charlotte: BA theatre, dance minor. Aubrey performed for two seasons at Cedar Point Amusement Park as a singer/dancer in their shows like, Eternal Jamnation, Lights, Camera, Action!, Totally Live: This Country Rocks! and Lusty Lil’s Wild West Review. Other credits: The Addams Family (Morticia), Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry), Rock of Ages (Waitress #1/ensemble).

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