November 13, 2019-January 19, 2020

Be our guest this holiday season, as we step inside this classic storybook fairytale and discover that beauty isn’t always as it appears.

WHAT IS BEAUTY? Join us as we step inside this classic storybook fairytale and discover that beauty isn’t always as it appears.

Once upon a time on a bitter winter’s night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to
appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who could ever learn to love a beast?

One of Disney’s most beloved animated films comes to life on stage with all the enchanted castle characters in a holiday extravaganza that will thrill, entertain and amaze young and old alike. Be our guest this holiday season, and celebrate the power and wonder of theater with us and our two-story Christmas tree in a lobby decorated to create memories that last a lifetime.

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Meet the Team

Artistic Team

Todd Rhoades


Kory Danielson

Music Director & Conductor

Jeffrey D. Kmiec

Scenic Designer

Theresa Ham

Costume Designer

Jesse Klug

Lighting Designer

Adam Rosenthal

Sound Designer

Mike Tutaj

Projection Designer

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair & Makeup Designer

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Designer

Jesse has been designing and managing the props dept since 2018. Her favorite Paramount productions include Beauty and the BeastNewsiesKinky Boots and Sweat. Previously, she worked as the Assistant Props Supervisor at the Goodman Theatre for two seasons. Jesse also worked freelance in Chicago as a props master with Victory Gardens, Silk Road, Theater Wit, Lookingglass, Northlight, and Lifeline theater companies, among others. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Get a behind the scenes look at the magic in the Paramount Prop Shop on Instagram @paramountpropshop.

Christopher Rose

Magic Designer

Ethan Deppe

Electronic Music Designer

Susan Gosdick

Dialect Coach

Jerry Galante

Fight Choreograpgher

Jinni Pike *

Stage Manager

Kelly Montgomery *

Assistant Stage Manager

Landree Fleming

Assistant Director

previously Co-Director for Fun Home, Associate Director for Beauty and the Beast, previously performed in Into the Woods and Hairspray

Charlotte Rivard-Hoster

Assistant Music Director & Associate Conductor


Beth Stafford Laird *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Paul-Jordan Jansen *


previously in The Wizard of Oz and Sweeney Todd

Katherine Lee Bourné *


previously in Newsies

Nick Druzbanski *


previously in School of Rock, Rock of Ages, Groundhog Day, Kinky Boots, and Beauty and the Beast

Jackson Evans *


previously in Beauty and the Beast

George Keating *


previously in Beauty and the Beast, Elf, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Becca McCoy *

Madame de la Grande Bouche

making Paramount Theatre debut

Emmett O’Hanlon *

Gaston (Nov 13-Jan 5)

making Paramount Theatre debut

Ron E. Rains *


previously in The Producers, Cabaret and Beauty and the Beast

Jennie Sophia *

Mrs. Potts, Narrator

making Paramount Theatre debut

Trevor Vanderzee *

Gaston (Jan 8-19)

making Paramount Theatre debut

Aaliyah Montana

Chip (at select performances)

making Paramount Theatre debut

Izzie Rose

Chip (at select performances)

making Paramount Theatre debut

Brian Bandura *


previously in Beauty and the Beast & Kinky Boots

Danielle Davila *

Silly Girl, Ensemble, Dance Captain

previously in Legally Blonde, Elf and The Little Mermaid

Billy Dawson *

Ensemble, Young Prince, u/s Beast

making Paramount Theatre debut

Evan C. Dolan *

Ensemble, u/s Lefou

previously in Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, and Sweeney Todd

Timothy P. Foszcz

Ensemble, u/s Young Prince, u/s Gaston

making Paramount Theatre debut

Christopher John Kelley *

Ensemble, u/s Lumiere

previously in Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, The Producers and The Wizard of Oz

Taylor Lane

Ensemble, u/s Enchantress

making Paramount Theatre debut

Ashley Lanyon *

Ensemble, u/s Belle

previously in Elf The Musical and Beauty and the Beast

Bernell Lassai III


previously in Beauty and the Beast and The Producers

Ivory Leonard IV

Ensemble, Swing, u/s Monsieur D’Arque

previously in Newsies and The Producers

Jenna Napolitano


previously in Beauty and the Beast

Nich O’Neil


previously in Newsies and The Wizard of Oz

Sara Reinecke *

Silly Girl, Ensemble, u/s Mrs. Potts

previously in Kinky Boots, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Legally Blonde, Elf, and Mamma Mia!

Elizabeth Romero

Silly Girl, Ensemble, u/s Babette

making Paramount Theatre debut

Aalon Smith

Ensemble, Swing, u/s Silly Girl

making Paramount Theatre debut

Darian Tene

Enchantress, Ensemble

making Paramount Theatre debut

Katherine Viviano

Ensemble, u/s Madame de la Grande Bouche

previously in Beauty and the Beast

Charles Emery Ward

Monsieur D’Arque, Ensemble, u/s Maurice, u/s Lumiere

Previously in Beauty and the Beast, Elf and The Little Mermaid

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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Behind the Scenes

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