POTTSTOWN PA – About 70 students in the sixth through eighth grades at Pottsgrove Middle School have cast and stage crew roles in this weekend’s presentation of the Disney musical hit, “Beauty And The Beast,” which will be staged tonight (Thursday, March 1, 2012) through Saturday (March 3) at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 1351 N. Hanover St., Pottstown PA.
The musical is under the direction of producer Tom Yenchick, musical director Carole Bean, and choreographer Cherie Fithian. Its singers and dancers will be accompanied by an eight-piece pit orchestra.
The show is the tale of a handsome but conceited prince who treats a beggar woman poorly. The woman turns out to be a beautiful enchantress, who turns the prince into a beast and also transforms members of his court into objects associated with their professions.
To break the spell, the prince – who is given a magical mirror to view the outside world – must learn to love a person for who they are. They, in turn, must love him before a magical rose loses its petals.
Meanwhile, in a nearby village, a beautiful young book fan by the name of Belle feels lonely and out of place. She lives with her eccentric but kind father, Maurice. Maurice goes off to compete at an inventors’ fair, but gets lost in the woods and ends up a prisoner at the Beast’s castle.
Belle eventually finds the castle and makes a deal with the Beast to let her father free in exchange for herself. As the Beast’s inner kindness is slowly revealed, Belle grows in love with him. However, a jilted, self-centered suitor from Belle’s village, Gaston, takes a posse to “save” her from the Beast. Will the Beast survive and win Belle’s love?
All tickets cost $6, and will be sold at the door.
Photo from Pottsgove Middle School