cast of “Beauty and the Beast”The University Players production of “Beauty and the Beast” opens Friday, Nov. 29, in Essex Hall Theatre.

Curtain rising on tale of transforming love

The University Players production of Laurence Boswell’s Beauty and the Beast opens Friday, Nov. 29, in Essex Hall Theatre.

The play introduces audiences to two worlds: the domestic world of Beauty’s family in mid-eighteenth-century France, and another, first stumbled upon by her merchant father — a place of great riches and disturbing nightmares, dominated by the fearsome and tragic Beast.

Brought to life by movement, music, and the talents of its student cast, this retelling of the classic tale runs approximately two hours, and is recommended for those seven years and older.

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808. Kids’ admission is just $8, and regular price tickets start at $19.