January 27 - February 11
by Michael Martinez
Directed by Michael Martinez
A new adaptation of the classic story that celebrates friendship, family, and joining forces with unlikely characters in order to overcome the impossible. Bella and her Nana encounter a ridiculous prince who uses his strength to steal the voice of Bella’s Nana. They summon a very silly fairy who transforms the prince but who accidentally creates other hilarious problems that literally tie them together. The unexpected group must work together and learn how to match their strengths and forgive each other’s weaknesses.Purchase Tickets
Opening Night: January 27, 2024
Saturdays at 5:00pm: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10
Sundays at 1:00pm: Jan. 28 (cancelled), Feb. 4, 11
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This is Crystal’s first show at Live Theatre Workshop and she is super excited for you to watch the show. She is currently a student at Pima Community College studying Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theater. When she is not on stage, she enjoys playing soccer as it is one of her favorite sports. She was in a production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III as the character Duchess of York, which was actually one of her dream roles! She also played Yvonne in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and it was the first musical she had ever done. She would like to thank the audience for watching the show and hopes you love it as much as she does.
Andrew Miller can’t wait to be opening LA BELLA AND THE BEAST! He recently received his associates degree in Fine Arts from Pima Community college where he performed in shows such as MAMMA MIA! And Molière’s TARTUFFE. A favorite role of his was Jeff in SAPAC’s [TTILE OF SHOW] (MAC award nomination) (Carmen award nomination) For the LTW Children’s Theatre, he has portrayed Lucky in WAITING FOR DOGGO, the Blue Boy in MONA LISA ON THE LOOSE, and Luke in TILLY THE TRICKSTER.
La Maga Fantastica
Ximena has been doing theater since she was 7 and has been in love with it since. She loves to bake and read in her spare time. She’s currently attending Pima CC for the visual and performing arts . Some of her favorite roles include Agnes in She Kills Monsters. Lord Hastings in Richard lll and Pearl in These Shining Lives. Thank you to my family!
Writer, Director, Composer
Michael Martinez, He/Him, is the executive director of Live Theatre Workshop. Previously he has performed on the LTW Mainstage and Children’s Theater in delightful shows such as SOUVENIR, THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR, THE FROG PRINCE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN and SNOOPY! Michael is passionate about the city of Tucson and is committed to helping with services that arts and educational organizations provide to make Tucson a great place to live. Michael has a Bachelor degree in music from the University of Arizona and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He loves teaching musical theatre classes at Live Theatre Workshop and previously, he taught at TUSD’s Fine Arts Youth Academy, and the OMA Project. Michael is beyond grateful to be working with this amazing team of humans who are using their talents to bring his vision to life.
Zach Wetzel (he/him) is from Los Angeles, California. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from BYU. In Phoenix, Zach directed a choir of over 140 singers in a production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has performed alongside many Broadway and Broadway touring actors including: Catherine Ricafort, Nicholas Hambruch, Lisa Hopkins, and James Zannelli. Zach has appeared in magazines and newspapers across Tucson and Phoenix and been featured on ABC KGUN9 for his work in teaching and performing. More than anything, Zach enjoys working with young actors, and is a Teaching Artist at LTW.
Arizona music directing credits: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, TICK TICK BOOM, ELF: THE MUSICAL, TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, OLIVER, THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, GOOSE
Brionna is excited to welcome you to the show! They graduated in 2018 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Theatre Studies with a focus in Stage Management. Her first production with Live Theatre Workshop was in 2013, as a “volun-teen” stage manager for the winter camp’s THE MONSTER HUNTERS! Her last show was this season’s first Main Stage production, SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY. She’d like to thank her family for their support and the LTW team for being endlessly amazing.
Milta Ortiz is a Tucson playwright, who moonlights as performer and choreographer. Recently, she reclaimed her love of dance when she choreographed WEST SIDE STORIES at Borderlands Theater. She choreographed and directed The CANDY CRAZE, at Pima Community College, a TYA play she facilitated students in writing, the second installment of an ongoing project. She was a Projecting All Voices Mellon fellow at Arizona State University, where she incubated ANITA, a musical in collaboration with Quetzal Guerrero. Her play, PILAR AND PALOMA was part of Launchpad’s 2021 Bipoc Reading Series Festival at UCSB. JUDGE TORRES, commissioned and produced by Milagro Theatre Group, toured nationally to universities. Milta is Associate Artistic Director at Borderlands Theater, where a few of her plays, including SANCTUARY (2018) and MÁS (2015) have world premiered thanks in part to multiple NEA and NALAC grants. Borderlands’ production of MÁS toured Arizona universities. Más was produced at Su Teatro, Ubuntu Theatre Project/Laney College, and San Diego State University. She earned an MFA from Northwestern University, and a BA from San Francisco State University.
Director of Children's Programming, Lighting, & Co-Set Design
Amanda is the Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW, which means she gets the chance to create wonderful seasons for our Children’s Theatre full of original and magical productions like the one you are about to see. She also runs our Education program which has grown so much over the past few years. She takes pride and honor in the work that her students accomplish each session and hopes to share with all children and their families the joy that comes with having arts in your life. Aside from enjoying her day job, She also directs, does choreography and she also likes to take to the stage from time to time. She was last seen on the Main Stage as Patsy Cline in ALWAYS…..PATSY CLINE, the many Women in NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, earning her a MAC nomination, Bertha in BOEING BOEING and Chorus in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE which won the MAC Award for best Drama. On the Children’s Theatre some of her favorite roles are the Cowardly Lion in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, the Golden Goose in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, Merlia in KING ARTHUR, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in ROBIN HOOD.
Stephen is LTW’s Assistant Director of Children’s Programming, as well as the Outreach Coordinator, helping to create fun and creative environments for kids, both onsite and in the community, that emphasize skill building and teamwork, while challenging them to grow as individual artists. Stephen writes original plays for our theatre classes, camps, and our Children’s Theatre that have been published and performed in theatres and schools across the world. He is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where he studied acting for theatre and film. He is an actor and director on LTW’s Mainstage and the Children’s Theatre stage with multiple Arizona Daily Star Mac Award nominations to his credit. Stephen feels tremendous gratitude to be part of the LTW staff, working with such creative, inspiring, and enormously talented people.
Karin has been the prop master for over eight years; she also does scenic painting and box office. Some of her favorite projects included the wedding cake for ONE SLIGHT HITCH, the hound from BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK MYSTERY, and the cookies from FROG AND TOAD. Favorite scenes she has painted include Dorothy Parker’s VICIOUS CIRCLE and the bookshelves in THE COLUMNIST. Karin enjoys working for LTW because it helps her grow as an artist.
Maryann is honored to be a part of the LTW family, since they gave her her first ever paid acting gig over 20 years ago. She has a BFA in Theatre Education and a Master’s Degree in Directing from Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts. Favorite LTW credits include SIC (director) and RADIANT VERMIN (Director). When she’s not at LTW, she’s molding the theatre artists of tomorrow at Pima Community College. She would like to thank her parents for their support, her husband and son for being such wonderful humans, and you for attending this show.