Try This: ‘Beauty’ and fluffy beasts

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Ready for a fairy tale? The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” the musical story of Belle, a young woman who longs to get away from her boring village life, as well as her suitor, Gaston. She gets her wish when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle, which is filled with animated furniture and the reclusive master of the manor.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

$10, $8 for seniors and children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-975-1585.


The musical is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a dance gala and an alpaca show.

1. Songs to celebrate

The Bravo! Concert series continues with the choral production “Israel in Egypt” by composer George F. Handel. The performance tells the biblical story of Moses and the Israelites. The 1739 piece will be brought to life by the Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, the Washington Chamber Orchestra and special guest soloist, baritone Douglas Webster.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Road, Vancouver.




2. Dance for Spring

Columbia Dance celebrates 25 years with its Spring Gala, featuring excerpts from the ballet “Don Quixote,” with both students and company dancers performing. The show will also include three choreography premiers by Columbia Dance alumni and new work by Artistic Director Jan Hurst.

When: 2 p.m. March 31, 7 p.m. April 1.

Where: Royal Durst Theatre at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15, $12 for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-737-1922.


3. Pile on the alpacas

Enjoy the fluffy fray at the 14th annual Alpacapalooza, featuring everything alpaca from fleece and halter shows to vendor displays and a fiber arts contest. With more than 600 alpacas in attendance, you can learn more about products made from alpaca fleece and attend seminars on raising and caring for alpacas. Some 200 farms will participate in this family-friendly show.

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

: Free, $6 for parking.


4. Look for laughs in ‘Mirror Mirror’

Snow White (Lily Collins) is a princess in exile, whose captured kingdom is ruthlessly controlled by the evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Joined by seven rebel dwarfs, Snow White must fight to reclaim her birthright and save the Prince (Armie Hammer) in this comedic retelling of the Snow White legend. “Mirror Mirror” is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Varies by theater.

Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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