Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet 2 presents Beauty & the Beast

Atlanta Ballet 2 presents Beauty & the Beast

February 18-19, 2023 Beauty & the Beast

Enjoy a one-hour fairy tale production of Beauty & the Beast presented by Atlanta Ballet 2.

Fall in love with this celebrated fairy tale all over again with a one-hour production designed for our younger audience members, children ages 12 and under. Your family will be mesmerized by this enchanting tale of adventure, unlikely friendships, and the power of true love!

Please be advised that this production uses theatrical haze, strobe lighting, and a sudden loud noise.

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  • Venue
    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

    The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the first major performing arts facility built in metro Atlanta in four decades.

    The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located in northwest Atlanta near the junction of I-75 and I-285, at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Akers Mill Road. Click here for parking, dining, hotel, and additional venue information.

    Emergency Phone Number
    The 24-hour public safety number for the Cobb Energy Centre is 770.916.2911. Please leave your seat location with your babysitter or answering service so that the house manager may find you in case of an emergency.

    Special Needs
    The venue is ADA compliant. Designated seats in various locations are available for guests with disabilities and those needing special assistance. The venue is equipped with wheelchair accessible courtesy phones, elevators, plaza ramps, wheelchair accessible ticket windows, and wheelchair accessible drinking fountains.  For more information, please call 770.916.2800.

  • Group Discounts

    Community and Corporate Group Tickets

    It only takes 10 people to benefit from Atlanta Ballet's Group Sales program.  With our fast, friendly, and convenient service, you can secure the best seats in the house in no time at all. Groups save up to 20% on regular prices!

    Click here for details and to submit a request to Associate Director of Group Sales Myredith Momongan.

    Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step for School Groups

    The Centre for Dance Education's Kids In Step program is designed to bring dance to the school-age child. For more information on weekday performances for accredited school groups and registered home schools, please visit our Kids In Step page.

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  • Seating Chart

    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

  • Reviews

    Review: Atlanta Ballet 2’s Beauty and the Beast

    Andrew Alexander, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2019.04.16

    The young leads are enormously fun to watch. Adult ballet fans might think of it as something like taking a break from watching professional football to catch a college game: there’s often nothing second-tier or studenty about it, and indeed it can often be just as, if not more engaging, to watch than the big league. Spencer Wetherington made an especially compelling Gaston with a showy and impressive coupé-jeté en tournant that elicited gasps and applause from the audience.

  • Video

    Bruce Wells' "Beauty & the Beast" | Atlanta Ballet 2

  • Choreographer

    Bruce Wells, Choreographer

    Bruce Wells is an internationally acclaimed choreographer who began his career with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Following this, he was the resident choreographer for Connecticut Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. In addition, Mr. Wells' ballets appear in the repertory of The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Nevada Dance Theater, and, most recently, Kansas City Ballet. Mr. Wells has taught for the schools of Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, City Ballet School of San Francisco, The Vancouver Ballet Society in British Columbia, Jacob's Pillow, Kansas City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

  • Designers

    Ryan Sbaratta, Scenic Designer

    Ryan Sbaratta is an Atlanta-based designer who has designed sets for theater, museums, and film, and is known for his fabrication work done under the brand Lost Dog Customs. Previous theatre designs for The Center for Puppetry Arts include Pete the CatAnne Frank: Within WithoutThe Cat in the HatClick Clack MooMother GooseAesop’s CarnivalThe Ghastly Dreadfuls and The Canterville Ghost. His exhibit work includes Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City and, most recently, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. For the Alliance Theatre’s 2014|2015 season of Theatre for the Very Young, Ryan created the two-dimensional set of Little Raindrop Songs. His film and television work includes “Escape Plan 2,” “Stuber” and the art direction for Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” season 2. Bruce Wells’ Beauty & the Beast is Ryan’s first commission for Atlanta Ballet.

    Joseph R. Walls, Lighting Designer

    Joseph R. Walls recently designed world premieres for Sophie Laplane and Juliano Nunes at Ballet West. In addition, designed Ethan Stiefel’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at American Repertory Ballet and a new lighting design for Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker and Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet. Walls designed Dana Genshaft’s Orpheus for The Washington Ballet exclusively created for Marquee TV. He has designed the lighting for numerous original works with choreographers who include Jessica Lang, Trey McIntyre, Ethan Stiefel, John Heginbotham, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Dana Genshaft, Andrea Miller, Yury Yanowsky, Ricardo Amarante, Gemma Bond and Dwight Rhoden. Internationally, Walls works with STEPS of Panama and recently designed Marlyn Attie’s Crush at the National Theatre of Panamá with support from the United States Embassy. Walls was nominated for the prestigious Premios Escena award for best lighting design for his lighting and scenic design of Rent in Panama. Walls also designed the weeklong celebration with Pope Francis – The World Youth Day. Other design collaborations include those with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, The Washington Ballet, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, staibdance, Inland Pacific Ballet, Chautauqua Dance, Ballet Spartanburg, The Charlotte Ballet, Roswell Dance Theatre, Komasnsé Dance Theater, as well as Sundance Summer Theatre productions.

    Amelia Fischer, Narrator

    Amelia Fischer is a professional actor, director and fight choreographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked for theatres in Washington, D.C. to Washington state, including seasons with Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Classical Theatre Company, Shakespeare Walla Walla and Houston Shakespeare Company. Here in Atlanta, Fischer has performed with Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Theatre Buford, Essential Theatre and Theatre Emory. As a voiceover artist, she has voiced several anime characters for Sentai Filmworks, including Jibril in “No Game No Life.” Fischer is proud to have earned her M.F.A. from the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program and her B.A. from Coastal Carolina University, and to have trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

  • Synopsis

    Long ago, a handsome young prince lived in a magnificent castle. Though he enjoyed a life of riches, he was rude and unkind to his subjects. One fateful day, an old beggar woman approached him. Because his heart was cold, the selfish Prince turned the poor woman away. To the Prince’s surprise, the woman then transformed into a beautiful enchantress. She put a curse on the Prince for his ugly behavior, turning him into an equally ugly beast. The Enchantress’ curse could only be broken by one thing – a true love’s kiss.

    Now, in a nearby village, there is a beautiful young girl named Belle who lives with her father, a merchant in town. A vain and selfish huntsman named Gaston often visits this small village, always followed by adoring women. However, Gaston only has eyes for Belle. He attempts to woo Belle, but she has no interest in him. As Belle’s father prepares to leave the small village for the markets of the big city, Belle requests that he bring her back a rose, and they bid each other farewell.

    Along the way,  Belle’s father loses the path to the city but remembers his daughter’s wish for a rose. He stops to pluck a single rose from a garden just outside a weathered castle when the Prince, now the Beast, confronts him. Belle’s father begs for his life, pleading that he must return to his daughter. The Beast then negotiates the merchant’s release in exchange for his daughter. “It must be your daughter’s decision,” demands the Beast, who gives the old man a chest of gold before sending him on his way.

    The merchant returns to the village. There he tells the story of his encounter with the Beast. Everyone is horrified except for Belle, who is determined to save her father. With a heavy heart, the Merchant returns to the rose garden with Belle.

    They meet the Beast, and Belle agrees to stay in her father’s place. The Beast gives two bags of gold to the merchant before he takes his leave. The Beast then commands his court to prepare for the evening’s ball. First, they must decide upon a beautiful gown for Belle. When the Beast returns, Belle hesitantly accepts a dance with him. Embarrassed by his appearance, the Beast calls for a performance for Belle and disappears.

    Interrupting the performance, Gaston enters the garden with Belle’s father and tries to force Belle to leave with him. She refuses, and the Beast returns to protect her. Gaston and the Beast begin to fight. Gaston pulls out a pistol and shoots the Beast. Belle’s heart is so touched by the Beast’s bravery that she kisses him. With only a few breaths of life left in him, the curse is lifted and the Beast magically transforms back into the handsome Prince he had once been.

    The couple dances together and lives happily ever after.

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