The Meriden Youth Theater invites you to "be our guest" at this weekend's production of Beauty and the Beast. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2 at Thomas Edison Middle School.
A different cast performs each day, giving about 80 young people from the greater Meriden area the opportunity to take to the stage. The actors range in age from 5 to 19.
Many of the kids return year after year, taking part in spring and fall productions and the theater's summer camp program. Dela Carnot's son Demetre, a sixth grader at Washington Middle School, has been part of the group for five years.
"He loves it. They're a big family. He's made great friends from this," she says.
Meriden Youth Theater, affiliated with the YMCA, has a policy of casting all who wish to participate. According to its website, the program teaches this philosophy: "It's not how big a part you get, but how big you make your part."
For tickets, visit www.meridenyouththeater.com.