After months of preparation, YouPOP’s summer production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is set for showtime. The first show will take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.
“Beauty and the Beast” follows Belle, a bookish girl in France, who journeys into the forest after her father, Maurice, gets lost in a storm. Belle finds him trapped in a castle, which is inhabited by a collection of enchanted servants and the Beast, who was once a handsome prince but was transformed by a witch because of his selfish heart.
The Beast releases Maurice, but it comes with a price: Belle must take his place and live in the castle forever. To save her father, she agrees, and Maurice rushes back to the village.
The arrival of Belle brings hope to the castle; in order to become human again, the Beast must learn to love another and earn love in return before the last rose petal falls.
From the stage at rodeos and other gigs comes a unique sound, one full of youthful humor and plenty of excitement that has come together to create an entertaining concert; a sound that five young men have come to mark as their own.
The Brackett Young Guns – of Brackettville – is a band consisting of five young men, two sets of brothers. Brandon, Kevynn, and Dillon Bevins are the sons of Gracie and Thomas Blevins, and Walt and Webb Ashley are the sons of Leisha and Tony Ashley. All of the boys were born in San Antonio but have grown up in Brackettville.
The band has been making music and performing together since the summer of 2011, and though all the members are busy with school, both at the high school and college levels, the band is making time to pack the summer with concert dates.
Raised in Batesville but now living in San Antonio, Darkness Divided guitarist and clean vocalist Sebastian Elizondo was always sure of his career in music.
Graduating from Uvalde High School in 2011, he moved to San Antonio to find his musical niche in a bigger city.
“My initial plan after graduation was to move to San Antonio and start going to college, but my real reason for doing that was to either start or join a band. Being from Uvalde, a small town, it’s very, very hard to find people who play anything,” he said. “There were so many bands over here that I was sure that I would find something or just find people to befriend and become close with and play music.