Beauty and the Beast JR

Please join us for the musical theatre adventure you’ve heard everyone talking about – the Broadway Adventure with DMR Adventures! The BROADWAY ADVENTURE program offers a fast-paced but FUN education in musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting, while working towards a culminating production of a full musical production: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Jr.  This show will be produced in the black box theatre in the new Belmont Arts Collaborative space at 221 Carlton Road.

Tuesday, October 3 from 5PM-7:30 PM
at the Belmont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Road
(same shopping center as Belmont Pizza and Found Market)
Be prepared to dance, sing and act. You do not need to prepare anything in advance!
Those who register in advance will receive audition sides

Click here for info about the rehearsal process

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Click here to register for Broadway Adventure/Beauty and the Beast Jr

Roles will be cast during the rehearsal process.
We will be accepting students in grades 3-12 for this program, anyone younger will require an audition pre-screen to assure eligibility.

Friday, 16 Feb  at 7:00 PM
Saturday, 17 Feb  at 3:00 PM
Saturday, 17 Feb  at 7:00 PM
Sunday, 18 Feb  at 3:00 PM

Possible extension performances:
Friday, 23 Feb  at 7:00 PM
Saturday, 24 Feb  at 3:00 PM
Saturday, 24 Feb  at 7:00 PM

STRIKE/cast Party on Sunday, Feb. 25

Performance Location: The brand new Belmont Arts Collaborative at 221 Carlton Rd., Suite 3

You must be available for ALL performances in order to register.


Director/Choreographer, Melissa Charles

Melissa Charles is the Artistic Director of DMR Adventures and the Founder/President of the Belmont Arts Collaborative. Melissa also serves on the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) Board as Vice-Chair of the Theatre for Youth Division. She a professional actor, director, choreographer, and teacher.  A member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA, she has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country. She has taught workshops, classes, and coached actors for the International Thespian Festival, Broadway Adventure, UST, Live Arts, Lighthouse Studios, Chautauqua Institution, Charlottesville High School, Tandem Friends, Peabody School, and more.  She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke and a B.A. in Drama from UVA. She has produced, directed and choreographed over 50 productions. Melissa just founded the Belmont Arts Collaborative (BAC) in Charlottesville VA, an accessible and affordable venue for artists and arts organizations. Melissa’s most valued accomplishment is the creation of DMR’s Youth Leadership Program (YLP), through which dozens of students interested in a career in the performing arts have gained hands-on experience with professional mentors. Melissa recently played the role of Lydia Ketcham on the AMC television series, Turn: Washington’s Spies.

Music Director, Kevin White

Professional pianist, teacher and musical director, Kevin White, is joining us for our Beauty and the Beast, Jr. as our music director.. Kevin taught music for 20 years at  Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  Kevin worked as the original keyboardist for”Big Ray and the Kool Kats” for many years and recently music directed I Love a Piano and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for the Heritage Theatre Festival.  Kevin has been a fixture at DMR Adventures, often playing for our Broadway & Beyond cabaret series and music directing several summer camps, including our Cabaret Camp, the first Broadway at the Paramount, and Broadway Bound.