Miami Trace High School will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast” with a musical this weekend at the school’s auditorium.
The cast and crew of the show have invited the community to enjoy a Disney classic with the musics and sights of a familiar story. Dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress.
“This is the Disney Broadway production so it has all of the songs from the original cartoon,” director Holly Stanley said during an interview recently. “The production also has a few additional songs that they put into the Broadway musical. With intermission the production will be just over two hours. The kids are at crunch time and we have a few things we are trying to get ready, but we are getting there. It is coming together really well.”
The production will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. with tickets available at the door or online. Seats can be reserved for $10 for the Friday and Saturday night shows at ShowTix.4U or by calling 1 (866) 967-8167 and will ensure a center section seat. General admission will be $6 and Sunday will be all general admission. Additionally, on Saturday at 6 p.m., the cast will hold a Royal Castle Kids Party and will include Disney characters who will entertain children. For tickets to the party call (740) 333-4782.
“We have a lot of kids who wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to go to something like Disney on Ice,” Stanley said. “So we are going to bring it to Fayette County. The price is $5 for the child and parents are able to come and watch their kid have a good time. All of the princesses will be here, not just Beauty and the Beast characters. It is just something for the kids to do. When we did Tarzan for instance we brought the zoo to Fayette County and just think this kind of stuff is fun for the kids.”
Stanley said that the kids have been working hard and the community is sure to enjoy the show with many funny scenes and plenty of excitement.
“This is something that always impresses me,” Stanley said. “The books they are working out of come from New York, come from Broadway. These kids, they are doing homework, they are doing school work, they are working jobs, are athletes and they are still putting on a Broadway show in 12 weeks when a professional will take a year to develop a show. It is pretty amazing what these kids can do.”
For more information, join the MTHS Beauty And The Beast 2017 Facebook page where Stanley will regularly update the community as the show comes closer.
“We would just like the community to come on out and support these kids, all the while enjoying a classic Disney tale,” Stanley said.
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