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WHS Presents Beauty and the Beast




Beauty & the Beast

Don’t miss the magic as Warwick High School Music Department presents their spring musical, the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast this Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center. Pre sale tickets are still available this Thursday, March 15, in the performing arts lobby from 6-7:45 p.m. Tickets will also be available one hour prior to each performance. All seating in every section is Reserved. Orchestra Center Section is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (age 60 and older) and children/students. Sides and Mezzanine Seating Ticket Prices: $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and children/students.

The story of Beauty and the Beast is well known and well loved. Warwick will bring the familiar story to life with special touches directed by illusionist, 2008 Magician of the Year, Rob Lake.  Lake has spent the past week with the students and set designers as an “artist-in residence” and has assisted in 500 productions of the show throughout the country. The choral and orchestra parent’s group, the Warblers, sponsored Lake’s time at Warwick. So, expect the unexpected as the magical animation of the movie is brought to life on stage.

The story of Beauty and the Beast begins in a small provincial French town where a girl named Belle is dissatisfied with her life and is constantly trying to fend off the misplaced "affections" of conceited Gaston. Meanwhile, an arrogant and handsome young Prince Adam, is cursed to a beast form by an Enchantress who saw no love in his hardened heart for others. She places him under a spell because he cannot love. The only way he can break the spell is to learn to love another and earn love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose falls. The rose will bloom until his twenty-first birthday.

But, who could ever learn to love a beast?

Ten years later, Maurice, an eccentric inventor from a nearby village, and Belle’s father, becomes lost in the woods and seeks shelter in the Beast's castle where the Beast imprisons him for trespassing. Belle searches for her father, and finds him trapped in the Beast’s castle and offers her place in his stead. The Beast accepts with a promise that Belle will remain in the castle forever.

In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more than a monster and he views her as difficult and stubborn. But the two soon taste the bitter-sweetness of finding you can change and learning you can be wrong.

Leads for the play include: NARRATOR, Erik Homberger; ENCHANTRESS/BEGGAR WOMAN, Tessa Samuelson; BELLE, Alina Stephenson; MAURICE, John McQuaig; LEFOU, Bailey Norman; GASTON, Connor Brosemer; MONSIEUR D’ARQUE, Joel Sheppard; BEAST, Jordan Kelley; LUMIERE, David Krak; COGSWORTH, Samson Cassel Nucci; BABETTE, Jessica Poje; MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE, Kara Miller; MRS. POTTS, Bailey Fulginiti; and CHIP, Ben Bosis.

Music from the show includes: “Belle”, “No Matter What”, “Wolf Chase”, “How Long Must This Go On?”, “Be Our Guest”, “If I Can’t Love Her”, “Something There”, “Human Again”, “Maison des Lunes”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Change in Me”, The Mob Song”, “The Battle”, and “Transformation".
 
Directors for the show include: Music Director Mrs. Debra Kline-Smith; Co-Pit Orchestra Directors Mrs. Ann Ahlers and Ms. Sherry Kline; Conductor: Ms. Sherry Kline. Drama Director Mrs. Misha R’Kingsley. Assistant Drama Director Ms. Connie Hilliar and Choreography Director Ms. Samantha Hewes. Set Design and Construction: Mr. Jeff Pfieffer and Mr. Joel Bischoff; Costumes: Mrs. Diane Fund; Makeup and Hair Design: Mrs. Sharon Walker; Scenic Artists: Mr. Michael Smith and Mr. Steve Goss, Stage Manager, Mr. Dale Kline; Co-House Managers: Mr. Bill Brown and Mrs. Linda Brown; Audio Technician, Mr. Barry Wenger; Lighting Technician, Mr. Matt Jerchau; Lighting Designer, Mr. Nicholas Cyr, with support from the Warblers Parent Association.