The touring production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” comes to Powers

The touring production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” comes to Powers Auditorium in Youngstown Friday for one performance. To get you in the mood, here are five fun facts from about the 1991 animated film that spawned the blockbuster Broadway musical:

v Slow starting: In the 1930s and again in the 1950s, Walt Disney attempted to adapt “Beauty and the Beast” into a feature film but could not come up with a suitable treatment. It wasn’t until “The Little Mermaid” became hugely successful that the company decided to try it a third time.

v Deep meaning: The first stained glass window seen in the prologue has the Latin phrase “Vincit qui se vincit,” which means, in a subtle prefiguring of the arc of the whole story, “He conquers who conquers himself.”

v True blue: Art direc- tor Brian McEntee color keyed Belle so that she is the only person in her town who wears blue. This is symbolic of how different she is from everyone else around. Later, she encounters the Beast, another misfit, also wearing blue.

v The voice: Disney was originally going to have Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid also provide the voice for Belle. However, it was decided that Belle needed a more “European” sounding voice. Howard Ashman remembered working with Paige O’Hara and suggested she try out for the part.

v Cameo appearances: Caricatures of the directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, can be seen in the scene where Belle is given the book as a gift. As she is leaving the store, three men are seen pretending to not look through the window and then they sing. The directors are the two men on the outside of the large blonde man.

“Stars in Danger: THE HIGH DIVE” (7 P.M., FOX): This reality show, in which “stars” including “The Jersey Shore’s” JWoww and Antonio Sabato Jr. quickly plummet from tremendous heights to great depths, might have provided the perfect analogy for its contestants’ careers.

“People’s Choice Awards” (9 p.m., CBS): No surprise here: Fan favorite Justin Bieber has five nominations in the “People’s Choice Awards 2013.” If that bugs you, take it up with the people. Kaley Cuoco will be the host of the fan-voted awards show.

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Exhibition features sculpture, paintings


An exhibition featuring the paintings of David Leeper and the sculpture of Hoda Rouweyha will open Sunday, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., at Trumbull Art Gallery, 196 E. Market St., and run through Feb. 16. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For information, call 330-395-4876.

Writers group schedules meeting


Area writers are invited to attend Monday Night Writers next meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Peaberry’s Cafe, 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road. Writing and publishing tips will be shared, and those with works-in-progress can bring copies for critiques. The fee is $10 and registration is preferred. For information, email Nancy Christie at

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