WSCC Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series Free Film, Beauty and the Beast

MARIETTA, OH (January 23, 2018)– The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College (WSCC) in collaboration with the Washington State Foundation and the Schwendeman Agency, Inc. announce a free showing of Disney’s 2017 live-action musical “Beauty & the Beast.” This event is sponsored by Dr. Frieda Owen.

The film will be shown on Saturday, February 3, at 7:00 pm in Graham Auditorium at WSCC, located at 710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

The critically acclaimed film, “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Prince/Beast. It is a retelling of Disney’s 1991 animated classic with refashioned characters for a contemporary audience. This film is a musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and co-produced by Walt Disney and Maneville Films. The film itself is based itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s eighteenth-century fairy tale. The audience will enjoy memorable songs from the original score as well as several new tunes.

“Beauty and the Beast” premiered at Spencer House in London on February 23, 2017, and was released in the United States on March 17, 2017. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising Watson and Stevens’ performances as well as the ensemble cast, faithfulness to the original animated film alongside elements from the Broadway musical, visual style, production design, and musical score. The film grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing live-action musical film, and making it the highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time.

The tale is about Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is held prisoner in a castle by a beast. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series was established in 1998 to bring free and low-cost educational, cultural and entertainment programming to the community. Events are made possible in part by financial gifts to the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Fund at the Washington State Community College Foundation. More information about the Series and the current season is available online

The Washington State Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable corporation administered by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders and institutional representatives. Gifts made to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and are used exclusively to support the College’s mission, its programs, and its students.

To support the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series, WSCC programs, and scholarships for WSCC students, please contact WSCC Foundation Executive Director Anna Rittenhouse at740.568.1940 or To see the Foundation’s annual report and learn more about its activities, visit

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