Tate Ashcraft

Tate Ashcraft

Tate Ashcraft of Hastings Middle School stars as "Chip" in the Ordway Center for Performing Art's rendition of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

The Broadway @ the Ordway 2022-2023 show is already in swing and runs through Dec. 31. Ashcraft is playing as "Chip," the lovable teacup character, in tandem with Brooklyn Park actor Camren Graham.

Alongside Ashcraft in the cast is a slew of accomplished Broadway actors and local talent.

Playing Belle, the book-loving, adventure-seeking heroine, is the Twin Cities’ own Rajané Katurah, who returns to the Ordway from her new home in New York. Broadway actor and leading man Nathaniel Hackmann will make his Ordway debut as the Beast and Jamecia Bennett, the lead vocalist of the Grammy-Award® winning Sounds of Blackness, will play Mrs. Potts.

Also making their Ordway debuts are Regan Featherstone as Gaston and Phillip Taratula as Cogsworth, who, with Twin Cities favorites Rush Benson, Jorie Ann Kosel, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo and Max Wojtanowicz, round out the principal cast.

This show marks the first musical the Ordway has produced since 2019, and Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington wants Minnesotans to experience the return.

“There is nothing like seeing an Ordway musical during the holiday season,” said Harrington. “From the lights of Rice Park to the festive décor throughout our lobby, it is a very special experience that families treasure. So be our guest and enjoy Beauty and the Beast in downtown Saint Paul!”

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