OPENING

Beauty and the Beast,” Ralston Community Theatre, Ralston Performing Arts Centre, 8969 Park Drive, Friday through July 28. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students and senior citizens. Information and reservations: ralstoncommunitytheatre.org or 402-898-3545.

A Disney musical based on a classic French fairy tale, this is the story of a prince who is turned into as beast by an enchantress as punishment for being selfish and mistreating others. He can become human again only if he earns the love of the young woman he has locked up in his castle, but time is running short. It’s a charming and beautiful show, with humans playing inanimate objects in clever costumes. Alan Menken wrote the music, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics and Linda Woolverton wrote the book.

Todd Uhrmacher is directing the Ralston production, with music direction by Chris Ebke.

Into the Woods,” Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre, SumTur Amphitheatre, 11691 S. 108th St., Friday through July 20. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Tickets: $18 VIP, $14 reserved, $10 general admission. Information: plvct.org.

Suzanne Withem is directing this production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical based on fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. It features main characters from “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The quest of a baker and his wife to start a family ties the story together.

Liz Stinman is music director.

COMING

“The Pirates of Penzance,” Lofte Community Theatre, opens July 20. Information: lofte.org or 402-234-2553.

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