This Weekend: Ferndale Rep’s “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

By Cheri March

Looking for the perfect way to kick off summer before schedules start getting crazy-busy? Our recommendation: Get yourself (and the whole family) to the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, stat!

Ferndale Rep’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is the smash hit of the season and talk of the North Coast – and is on track for selling out soon. If you’ve never experienced the magic of seeing a play at the Rep, the familiar story and all-ages appeal combined with whimsical costumes and charismatic cast make “Beauty and the Beast” the perfect introductory show. The Mad River Union calls it “a show with a lot of heart and a ton of magic...a little slice of Broadway in our backyard” and the Ferndale Enterprise says to “drop everything” and reserve tickets today.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Belle | Ferndale Repertory Theatre - Ferndale CA | Leon Villagomez
Photos by Leon Villagomez

Photos by Leon Villagomez

Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical.

There are just two weekends left to catch a showing of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” which runs through June 4. Showtimes are Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Make a day or evening of it and arrive in Ferndale early to browse shops on Main Street, explore the historic cemetery and Ferndale Museum, and grab lunch at one of our cafes and bakeries or dinner at VI Restaurant, The Ivanhoe, Ferndale Pizza Company or Farmhouse on Main. Once at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, enjoy classic candies, popcorn, and local beer or wine.

Beauty and the Beast - Gaston | Ferndale Repertory Theatre
Beauty and the Beast - Beast and Mrs. Potts | Ferndale Repertory Theatre
Beauty and the Beast at Ferndale Repertory Theatre | Ferndale CA
Photos by Leon Villagomez

Photos by Leon Villagomez

After “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the Rep takes its annual summer break to host its youth musical theater workshop and prepare for next season, which opens in September with “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Reserve your tickets at FerndaleRep.org.

Looking for more summer fun in Ferndale? Here’s what’s coming up. Click on event to learn more. See our full list of events here.

May 29: Kinetic Sculpture Race & Memorial Day Celebration

June 3: Pet Parade

June 3-4 & 10-11: North Coast Open Studios

July 4: 4th of July Parade & Fire Truck Rides

Aug. 23 – Sept. 4: Humboldt County Fair

Sept. 10: Ferndale Concours on Main