Be Our Guest: The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’


Sioux Falls, SD — The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) at the Washington Pavilion presents five performances of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. March 15–19, 2023, at the Orpheum Theater Center.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson before the magical rose loses its last petal, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

“I am consistently amazed by these young performers’ talent, and this production highlights the best in each of the actors. It’s the timeless story with brilliant costumes and really exciting production value,” says Bob Wendland, Assistant Director of Performances and Events for Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. “Bring your family and you’ll all leave inspired to spread the kindness and joy that you see on the stage.”

This DAPA production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST includes an all-youth cast ages 9–18. The shows serve as great introduction to the theatre for young audiences while also delighting seasoned theatre-lovers with the wealth of talent displayed by the young performers.

The performances are made possible by generous sponsors: Avera, First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Mount Marty University, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Wing Stop.

To purchase tickets, go to or visit the Washington Pavilion Box Office at 301 S. Main Ave.

About the Orpheum Theater Center
The Orpheum Theater Center in downtown Sioux Falls features two distinct spaces: the 686-seat Historic Orpheum Theater, built in 1913, and the Anne Zabel Studio Theater with room for up to 250 people. The center hosts plays, concerts, dance and other forms of entertainment throughout the year. It is also a venue for weddings, meetings, banquets, conferences and trade shows and offers office space for several organizations as well. The Orpheum Theater was listed on the national register of historic places in 1983. On July 1, 2019, Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. began overseeing its operations, both in managing the facility and ticketing events.

About Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. (WPMI)
Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the largest arts organization in the state. The management company oversees and programs two historic City of Sioux Falls facilities: the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science and the Orpheum Theater Center. The company also provides professional management services, including administration; arts, science and educational programming; ticketing; event management; marketing; and more to other arts and nonprofit organizations. For information, please or visit

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