Young actor is "Chip" off theatrical family block

Noah Jones loves touring with Disney's Beauty & the Beast

By: Marie Rossiter, Publisher

Noah Jones of Roanoke County is playing the role of Chip the teacup.

Courtesy of Kevin and Melia Jones

When talking to Noah Jones, he sounds like the typical 7-year-old. He goes to school and gets overly excited talking about his favorite thing: LEGOs.

What is not typical for this young man is the fact that for four months Noah has been touring with Broadway Across America's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast as the adorable "Chip." When he talks about life the past few months, Noah sounds more like a mature performer than a little boy

"It only took me about two days to learn the lines and I think it was like five days to learn everything else," Noah said casually in a phone interview during some down time from the show last week. "It's a lot of fun, but the best part is learning all the 'Disney Magic!'"

Noah said his favorite part of the show is performing "Human Again," a musical number that is not in the original Disney movie but was written for the stage musical version.

Noah's other stage credits include Michael in Peter Pan and a mouse in Cinderella. Noah has shot several commercials and can be seen on the big screen in Alone Yet Not Alone.

Performing live seems to be in Noah's blood, according to his mother, Melia.

"It really is a family thing," she said. "His father, Kevin, and I met while we were doing theater together and his father continues to teach theater."

Noah and his family's home is in Roanoke, VA. Melia believes they will be touring with Beauty and the Beast through June 2012. It's a long time to be away from home, but Melia said Noah has adapted beautifully.

"It's been pretty easy for him," she marveled. "We have to keep some kind of routine--he was homeschooled before joining the show, so that isn't much different. But, the routine does help. Sometimes I think it's harder on the adults than it is on the kids."

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will play The Aronoff Center from September 27- October 9, 2011: Tuesdays-Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, and Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $27.50 and may be purchased starting August 12, online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, in person at the Broadway in Cincinnati Box Office downtown in the Mercantile Center at 120 East 4th Street and the Aronoff Center Box Office or by phone at 800-982-2787. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513-369-4363.