November 30, 2022

Up Close and Personal: Stars of Disney's ‘Beauty & the Beast’ at Olney Theatre Will Talk About the Production, Their Roles and Careers in Silver Spring on Tuesday, Dec. 6

The stars of Olney Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will talk about the production, their roles and their careers at a special free event at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The special event will be presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., in collaboration with Olney Theatre.

The Beauty & the Beast production at Olney Theatre includes stars who are from diverse backgrounds, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. The male lead has a disability.

Although the event is free, the organizers are asking attendees to RSVP to

The production is now at the Olney Theatre and will run through Jan. 1.

Last winter, Beauty & the Beast also had a run at Olney Theatre, receiving much acclaim.

The stars expected at the Silver Spring special event include Jade Jones (Belle) and Evan Ruggiero (Beast), who are back in their roles in the revival. Other returning cast members include Bobby Smith (Lumiere), Dylan Arredondo (Cogsworth) and Michael Burrell (Gaston). They are part of the tale that focuses on the Beast’s cursed castle as he looks for an escape to a world where beauty is more than skin deep and happily ever after is just a rose petal away.

A special bonus at the event will be the appearance of Helen Hayes Award-winner Tracy Lynn Olivera, who joins the cast as Madame de la Grande Bouche.

Music director Walter “Bobby” McCoy, who is a Nicaraguan-American, also will be part of the panel discussion.

More information about Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at Olney Theatre is available at