Navigate Left
  • Photo taken by Molly Myers on Sept. 3, 2023 downtown across from where the Farmers Market is held.


    Abandoned shoes in Chico: photo series

  • Left side of table, Jenna McMahon, Nathan Chiochios and Jessica Miller sit with, on the right side front to back, Callum Standish, Molly Myers, Nadia Hill, and Grace Stark at  Estom Jamani Dining Commons. Photo taken April 29 by a kind employee at the dining hall.


    The Orion tries the dining hall

  • Both faculty members’ and students’ mental health are suffering due to a lack of support at Chico State and across the California State University System. Photo by Vie Studio on Pexels.


    Faculty, students’ mental health continue to suffer

  • Thanks to horror films, some names have been ruined ... or made cool. Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels.

    Arts & Entertainment

    Names horror films have ruined … or made cool

  • Sydney Sweeney in Immaculate. Photo courtesy of NEON.

    Arts & Entertainment

    He said, she said: ‘Immaculate’

Navigate Right
Breaking News
Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Disney classic to be at Laxson Auditorium

Flickr via e r j k p r u n c z y k
Flickr via e r j k p r u n c z y k

Dancing teacups, a worrisome clock and a flaming candlestick will give life to a classic enchanted fairytale this month in a local production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Join the sing along at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Laxson Auditorium with Disney’s story of a cursed Prince and his quest for true love.

“Beauty and the Beast Jr. is filled with the most memorable songs and moments from the classic film such as “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Something There,” said Matt Hammons, the director.

Fifty students in the Chico area ages 5-16 years old make up the cast of Beauty and the Beat Jr.

“The cast signed up for a summer workshop program and after two weekends of auditioning were cast in their roles,” Hammons said.

Eleni Mahlis, 15, a junior at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has the main role of Belle.

“I’ve been taking singing lessons for a couple of years and also have been in a few Laxson shows over the past few years,” Mahlis said.

With a new director and a new cast of students the play brings individuality to each character.

“You can find Belle and the Beast along with their castle full of enchanted objects: Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, the villainous Gaston and his dimwitted lackey LeFou,” Hammons said.

“The audience can expect a charming, somewhat silly but fun show with a great message,” Mahlis said. “It’ll be appealing to all ages.”

Beauty and the Beast JR. is co-presented with Blue Room Young Company and is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.



Adult $15

Senior $13

Student/Child $8

The reporter can be reached at [email protected].

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All The Orion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *