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Educational theatre program presents Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Beatuy and the Beast-PS 161
PS 161 drama club students rehearsing.

The City College of New York’s Graduate Program in Educational Theatre is collaborating with PS 161 for a presentation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. This is the sixth co-production with the Harlem-based school.

Sixteen City College graduate student directors are rehearsing with 40 middle school students from PS 161’s drama club to prepare for the performance. The showcase is part of the Fundamentals in Teaching Theatre course taught by Jennifer Katona, lecturer and director of the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre.

The PS 161 middle school students have been preparing since September and will sing songs from the classic musical by composer Alan Menken including “Be our Guest” and “Something There.”

Their drama instructors in PS 161 include Desiree Miller, Tyler Beattie and Wendy Rojas, a CCNY education theatre alumna.

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. performance takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 15 at PS 161. To purchase tickets, please click here, and for more information, email

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