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Live Theatre Returns to the Landmark Studio for the Arts’ Stage

The Landmark Studio for the Arts is back! After a two-year hiatus, courtesy of safety precautions for the multiple strains of the Corona Virus, the Landmark Youth Theatre Ensemble will be performing, by special permission, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast, the first Disney title to be adapted into a stage production, is a Disney stage musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton.
Once upon a time, a selfish, mean, and arrogant young prince, and all of his castle’s servants, are cursed by a wicked sorceress, who turns the prince into an ugly beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The beastly prince meets Belle, a village girl, who attempts to change the prince’s behavior. You’ll have to make reservations to see the show and learn what happens next!
The Landmark Studio production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is directed by Becky Conrad, produced by Tim Hoover, with Technical Director/Choreographer Jamie Jarvis, and Musical Director Lydia Gibson.
An enthusiastic great number of young aspiring actors took part in the auditions, both live and virtually, held March 18 & 19, 2022. Volunteers are always needed for the Landmark’s network of support. One may meet the cast members as they are featured on the Landmark Studio’s Facebook page:
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is housed in a building that was formerly an Episcopal Church. The building was purchased in the 1980s by Bill Hopen and Olga Gioulis, and they donated the building to “provide a venue for art and cultural events in Sutton that can be enjoyed by all citizens of the county and surrounding areas.” At first, performances took place around the pulpit, until the stage was built. The 1880s building still has much of the original woodwork and beautiful stained-glass windows.
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and the majority of productions are presented by volunteer artistic directors, actors, and a network of supportive service volunteers. The Landmark Studio for the Arts’ stage productions are expensive to produce, the rights and materials usually costing thousands of dollars. Now, more than ever, the Landmark needs your generous support so that these performances can be brought to the stage. In addition to monetary donations, we need volunteers to assist in the productions, build sets, etc. Donations and volunteers are crucial to the survival of the organization. The support of the businesses and citizens of our community is what keeps the Landmark alive.
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is located at 4th and Main Streets in Sutton. Donations can be mailed to PO BOX 74, Sutton, WV 26601-0074, online at or at the donation box inside the Landmark. Call 304-644-7122 for information on upcoming events and reservations. Like our page at
Performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be staged on April 28, 29, and 30, 2022; and on May 5 & 6, 2022, at 8 p. m. Doors will open at 7:30 p. m.
Tickets may be purchased online at