KHS Theatre Presents
Beauty and the Beast
This week the Kings High School Theatre will bring one of the most beloved shows to the KHS stage: Beauty and the Beast.
“This is a musical that Mr. Hayward has been wanting to do for many, many years. He felt that this was the right time to produce the show. He knew that he would be able to cast the show with talented members,” said Carrie Snyder, KHS teacher and the show’s producer.
The show, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a production that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 different countries. The musical is originally based on the animated movie and was adapted for stage including all the original songs along with new songs not featured in the movie.
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Beauty and the beast ran on Broadway between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway’s eighth longest-running production in history.
One of the musicals website gives the following synopsis:
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. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return.
For the Kings Production we can expect special effects along with a few musical numbers not featured in the animated film.
“We have some special effects that will add to the show’s overall impact and magic. Those special effects are directly due to Mr. Hayward’s creativity and Mr. Shields’ engineering prowess,” Snyder added.
The Kings theatre department has lots in store for the community when it comes to performing a show worthy of praise. When it comes to the young actresses and actors there is some pressure involving playing such beloved and well known characters.
Morgan Reece, the actress playing the lead role, “Belle,” in the production is no one new to the theatre department but states her dream role comes with responsibility.
“I am nervous and excited,” Reece said, “I want to be the princess that little girls have looked up to, like I did.”
Beauty and the Beast show dates are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24; then twice on Saturday, April 25 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at https://www.ticketracker.com/store/events/1582