‘Beauty and the Beast’ to open at Perry-Lecompton
by Carolyn Kaberline
When a young prince treats a beggar woman poorly, he’s turned into a hideous beast and members of his staff are turned into objects relating to their professions. They’ll stay this way until the prince can learn to love a young lady for whom she is while she has to accept the beast that he is.
Such is the plot of the musical “Beauty and the Beast,” which will be performed by the PLHS music department Nov. 10 through 12 in the high school theater. While the dinner theater on Thursday is sold out, performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 a person at the door.
Based on the Walt Disney Academy Award winning animated feature, the musical has more than 5,000 Broadway performances and numerous awards to its credit. Not only does it have all the songs from the movie, it also has several new ones written just for the stage version.
“We were looking for something fun, family friendly and cheesy,” director Alayna Powell said of this year’s selection. “We also wanted to do something from Disney.”
While she feels “Beauty and the Beast” is perfect for this year’s offering, she admits that “the hardest part about this musical has been creating the magic and adjusting the things when we got the costumes from Topeka Civic Theatre.”
Cast members include seniors Derrick Eddy as the Beast/Prince and Catie Winchester as Belle, the maiden who falls in love with him, while Josh Kampfer narrates the story and Annie Mehl portrays the Enchantress/Milkmaid who changes the prince into a beast.
Also in the cast are Scott Hirsch as Maurice; Addison Jones as Gaston; Danielle Winchester, Chantelle Davis, and Krystal Thompson as the Silly Girls; Logan Hatfield as Lefou; Bridger Falkenstien, Monsieur D’Arque; Brandon Eddy, Cogsworth; Austin Joanning, Lumiere; Kyley Coffelt, Babette; Charis Fisher, Mrs Potts; Morgan Gantz, Chip; Mary Stewart, Madame De La Grande Bouche; Olivia Schwyhart; Luke Kellum, Bookseller; Jacob Morris, Baker; Mason Fast, Egg Man/ Crony 1; Brady Carver, Crony 2; Ashlee Herken, Lady with Cane; Leanna Meyers, Lady with Baby; Brittany Nemecheck, Sausage Curl Girl; and Justin Smith as the Fish Seller.
Kristine Packard, Kaylee Visser, Chantelle Davis, Danielle Winchester, and Krystal Thompson portray the wolves while the villagers and assorted enchanted objects are portrayed by Jacob Bond, Jake Walker, Anna Seib, Samantha Buchanan, Cierra Morris, Natasha Carver, Brittany Zilliox, Kayla Jones, Daisy Johnson, Laura Holt, Anna Miller, Hannah Shoemaker, Cheylin Ricley, Victoria Nichols, Nicole Marino, Jordan Erickson, Savannah Tubby, Breann Burk, Rachel Hurst, Jessica Hurst, Taylor Fuller Anna Tust, Emily Mulvihill, McKayla Breese, Andrea Bradbury and Dakota Rector.
Alayna Powell conducts the orchestra with Gary Keller at the keyboard. Mary-Levi Mehl and Rene Romig play the violins while Brian Loux provides cello accompaniment. Nancy Zahniser and Debby Galbraith provide the clarinets; Jan Loux, the flute; Mike Maloun, the trombone; Ben Maloun, the French horn and Richard Galbraith, the percussion.
Assistant directors for the musical are Tara Cooprider and Jamie Harwood.
Mazi Paramore serves as the stage manager while Alexandria Parnell and Korbe Bohac are the follow spot operators. Kelsey Kasson, Julie Clement, and Alexus Schoen operate the light and sounds. Marissa Morrissey, Quinten Sledd, Kyle Shackleford, Grat Hodson, Caleb Daniels, Ryan Maline, Lucas Rombach and Paul Funk make up the stage crew. Pat Winchester, Thomas Cooprider, Chris Powell and Frank Harwood constructed the sets.
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