Beauty and the Beast was always my favorite Disney movie when I was a kid. What's not to love, except the "handsome prince" that was better looking as a beast than a human? Singing and dancing cutlery, a princess that made things happen her way rather than meekly taking what the world gave her and plenty of action to balance the romance made for a young kid's field day.

The Center Stage Youth Performers based in Pleasant Grove are putting on their own Beauty and the Beast production, showing April 22, 23, 25, and 27-30.

The play is a 75-minute version of the Broadway musical. The entire cast are between the ages of 7 and 18 and from Utah County.

Addison McArthur plays Belle, Jaxson Dayton is Gaston, and Dallin Cloward is the Beast. A complete cast list isn't up, but I'm looking forward to seeing an adorable little 7-year-old playing Chip, or the other dancing and singing dishes.

A favorite from my youth being coupled with the overwhelming cuteness of child actors on stage may just be too much for me to handle, but I have high hopes. This is definitely one performance I am not about to miss, so check back for a review of opening night.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be performed at the Covey Center of Arts in Provo.

Tickets are on sale at the Covey Center box office and online at For more information, call the box office at 801-852-7007 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.