Theater: ‘Tale as Old as Time’ comes to Lynden Christian High School

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” presented by Lynden Christian High School, opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the school’s Worship and Performing Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Performances continue Saturday, Jan. 31, Feb. 3, 5, 6 and 7, all at 7 p.m.

The family-friendly classic, adapted by Disney Theatrical Productions, tells of a beautiful enchantress disguised as an old beggar woman who casts a spell on a selfish young prince, turning him into a monstrous beast and leaving him with only a magic rose. He must learn to love and earn another’s love in return before the last petal falls, or he will remain a hideous beast for all time.

He begins to think all hope is lost, until a young village girl, Belle, enters his world. Could she be the one to break the spell, or is the prince doomed for eternity?

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, the musical production is directed by Dee Apodaca.

Tickets, $10 adults, $6 seniors and students, are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Lynden Christian’s central office, or by calling 360-318-9525.

As a service project, students will honor two veterans of war at the closing performance Feb. 7. Quilts of Valor, a nonprofit organization with a goal of presenting every veteran a homemade quilt, will thanks the veterans with quilts. Students in the production volunteered service hours in the community; for every hour they put in, the school took $10 from its drama fund to help pay for the quilts.