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MPAC's 10th Annual Spring Musical - Disney's Beauty and the Beast

originally published: 05/13/2024


(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast across five performances from May 31-June 2, 2024. The show will be directed by Cathy Roy, MPAC Education Director, with music direction by Charles Santoro. Trend Motors returns as the lead sponsor for the third consecutive year.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will feature a cast of about 50 young performers as well as Equity and SAG/AFTRA guest artists.

Belle: Aisha Rehan, a senior at Parsippany High School. This is her third Spring Musical at MPAC. She is also a member of the Mayo Performing Arts Company and has performed in school musicals, most recently The Addams Family.

Beast: Cole Januzzi, a senior at Bridgewater Raritan High School. He played the role of Mr. Wormwood in MPC’s Matilda the Musical last year. He has appeared on Broadway in Fun Home! Cole has also been in various community/high school theater productions including Godspell as Jesus, Anything Goes as Billy Crocker, Grease as Danny Zuko, and Urinetown as Bobby Strong.

Other lead roles include Aidan Buneta (Gaston), a junior at Hanover Park High School; Kamryn Koerner (Madame de la Grande Bouche) a junior at Marymount Manhattan; Nolan Lardiere (Lumiere), a sophomore in the APA Theater Academy at Morris Knolls High School;  Oliver Shoaf (Cogsworth); Charlotte Speck (Babette) and Justice Vera (Lefou).

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Special SAG/AFTRA and Equity artists: Danielle Ferland will perform the role of Mrs. Potts. Danielle’s  Broadway credits include: All My Sons, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Crucible, A Little Night Music (City Opera), Into the Woods (original cast), Sunday in the Park with George (original).  Five-time Emmy nominate SAG/AFTRA actor Jim Conroy will perform the role of Maurice. Jim’s daughter will also be in the production.

Tickets range from $29-$49 and are available for purchase online. Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is located at 100 South Street in Morristown, New Jersey.

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2023-2024 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.




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