2011 C.Y. Stephens performing arts series announced

Julia Ferrell

On Tuesday, Iowa State Center announced this season’s line-up for the C. Y. Stephens performing arts series. The list of shows includes musicals and plays like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Doubt”, as well as the St. Petersburg State Orchestra and the Dayton Contemporary Dance troupe.

On Saturday, October 29, the stage version of the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed. The show tells the classic Disney story of Belle, a young woman trapped in an enchanted castle inhabited by a beast. The musical includes all the songs from the movie, as well as seven additional songs written for the stage. The show ran on Broadway from 1994 to 2007, making it Broadway’s eighth-longest running production.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform on Tuesday, November 15. The troupe performs a mixture of ballet, modern dance, hip-hop and jazz.

On Friday, February 17, “Doubt: A Parable” will perform. The story focuses on a nun who suspects the father at her school is taking advantage of the children. The play, which is by John Patrick Shanley was adapted into a film in 2008, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

The St. Petersburg State Orchestra will perform a concert on Saturday, March 3. This is the orchestra’s first transcontinental tour of the United States. Pianist Alexandre Pirojenko will accompany the orchestra for Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor.”