Students at Everett Meredith Middle School will craft the fairy tale story of the lovely Belle and the ferocious Beast when they present their spring play “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.
The play, directed by teachers Gina Robinson and Ruthann Pyle, will be performed Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 3 and 7 p.m.
The play is based on the Broadway musical version. An assortment of special effects will dazzle the audience and an array of costumes will bring to life characters like Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip.
Student Mallory Robson, who plays Belle, said she auditioned for the play because she has been acting since she was in sixth grade and was excited when she heard that “Beauty and the Beast” would be performed.
“Everybody in the play is so involved in the songs,” she said. “Everybody has worked really hard and we are excited to perform it.”
The play also stars Jeffrey Maloney as the Beast and Jeffrey McCord as Gaston. It includes many fun-filled characters to guide the story in song and dance.
Bryanna Sniadecki, who plays Mrs. Potts, said she has been acting since elementary school and she joined the musical because she loves performing on stage.
“It’s an amazing way to spend your afternoon,” she said.
Sniadecki said her favorite part of the show is curtain call.
“I love the audience’s response and meeting people after the show,” she said.
Seventh-grader Sarah White plays a narrator and said she is involved because she loves to act. “Beauty and the Beast” is one of her favorite movies.
“I like the excitement before the show begins,” she said. “I enjoy how it impacts the acting.”
The story takes place in France, where an old woman magically disguised as a beautiful woman transforms a vain-driven prince and his castle. The prince, becomes a beast and must find love to save his kingdom from remaining transformed forever. Belle, a beautiful village-girl, searches for her father, Maurice, who is locked up in the Beast’s dungeon for entering his castle. Belle ends up finding more than just her father.
“You can learn a lesson from the show,” Sniadecki said. “You learn that beauty is more than skin deep.”
Robinson said her favorite thing about directing musicals with students is they care about their performance.
“This group is super dedicated,” she said. “They are an absolute joy to work with.”
Robson said everyone has worked very hard on all aspects of the play and she hopes the community will see their hard work.
“Hopefully people will come see it and enjoy it,” she said.
Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and can be purchased at the door or by calling the school at 378-5001.
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