Spring 2019

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Beauty & the Beast

A throne abandoned

The rightful heir subdued

A usurper’s iron fist controls the kingdom

Until a girl picks a flower

Then everything changes


April 5th-13th, 2019

North 4th Theatre, 4904 4th St NW


Meet the Cast

  • Savannah Harden as Sasha

  • McKenna Beck, Tianna Cooney, Nikki Morrison, Theo Morrison as Servants

The elite Company

Kira Akmajian, McKenna Beck, Kylie Brett, Rita-Marie Borja, Natalya Conde, Eli Cordova, Aly Costales, Ben Costales, Ruby Gatt, Tianna Garcia, Isaac Garcia, Alex Harden, Savannah Harden, Melee Hardy, Sarah Massey, Jordan McMillan, Esther Michnovicz, Nikki Morrison, Theo Morrison, Megan Othling, Coryn Richey, Carissa Richey, Chloe Rickerman, Rachel Salazar, Grace Salazar, Cara Sowers, Tanner Tomingas, Isabel Tomingas, Mercedes Tomingas, Vanessa Trujillo, Gabriel Zubiate


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The Crew

  • Written by Cheri Costales 

  • Directed by Cheri Costales

  • Dramatic Direction and Actor's Coaching by Steve Corona and Cara Sowers

  • Choreography and Rehearsal Coaching by Esther Michnovicz, Cheri Costales, Alyssa Costales, Vanessa Trujillo, Tim Nguyen

  • Costumes by Cheri Costales, Linda Downum, Judy Brewster and Erin Morrison

  • Make Up Design by McKenna Beck

  • Lighting Design by Ben Costales

  • Sound Design by Matt Ramsey

  • Set Design by Steve Corona, Cheri Costales

  • Production Management by Stephanie Rickerman

  • Stage Management by Cathy Costales

  • Backstage Management by Tina Mesa, Robyn Hardy and Erin Fraser

  • Box Office by Michelle Ramsey and Eileen Gonzales

  • Lobby and Reception by Lillian Garcia and Erin Morrison

  • Ushers by Frank and Mary-Alice Salazar

  • Photography by Two Brunos Photography (Brandi Bruno and Sara Bruno)

  • Promotions by Tim Nguyen, Cheri Costales

  • Videography by Tim Nguyen, William Ernst, Nick Bennet


Our amazing partners….

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A special thanks to Two Brunos Photography for their incredible contribution to our storytelling through photography!


From the Director

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Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite shows that elite produces. It is probably our most ambitious show in some ways. We have taken a well loved and known story (especially the Disney version) and have made it something completely different than expected. The story of Beauty & the Beast poses the question of what true love is. Is it based on appearances and exterior behavior, or does it go beyond that to the inner being….to the heart? Our story does explore that aspect, but we also dig a little deeper to see what hate and manipulation can do to a person as well. A quote from Buddha gives insight to what our story explores: “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”

Although our version of Beauty & the Beast will be different than anything you have read or experienced, there are still the amazing elements that we all love so much from the original story…redemption for someone who has lost all hope and impossible love that overcomes the worst of circumstances.

Cheri Costales has been writing scripts and directing shows for the elite Company for over fifteen years. Her writing mostly consists of derivative work, adapting stories to work for dance theatre: Mr. Mallard’s Magical Menagerie, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, Peter Pan, The Scarlet Letter, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.  Her most recent work has included original scripts: Days of the Dead, The Shoe Room, and elite Kids Theatre Projects: The Problem With Fairies, Benny & the Supersquad, Around the World in 80 Days and How The West Was Really Won.


Soundtrack