Tuesday, March 04, 2014

TOP STORY >> Beauty and the Beast

The Cabot High School Theater department invites the public to be their guest as they present the Broadway Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the fine arts auditorium. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or reserved through the box office at (501) 259-1176.

The epic fairy tale has Gaston and the Beast fighting for Belle’s heart. While lost in the woods, Belle’s father, Maurice, stumbles upon an enchanted castle where he meets magical characters — Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Babette, the Wardrobe and the Sulton.

They hope Belle will break the spell on them and their master, the Beast — turning the household human again.

The bumbling LaFou and the Silly Girls provide comic relief as they try to gain Gaston’s attention.

Meanwhile, dancers are expected to perform with gusto the show-stopping numbers “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston.”

The musical features a cast of 109.

Performing are Josh Glason as Gaston, Spencer Worth and Kolby Cole as Beast, Jeni Fuller as Belle, Ben Brockinton as Belle’s father, Maurice; Katelyn Hayes as Mrs. Potts, Logan Williams and Sam Owen as Chip, JP Gairhan as Lumiere, Andrew Hupp as Cogsworth, Charl Young as Babette, Judith Beckham as Wardrobe, Autumn Romines as Sulton, Tanner Johnson as LaFou and Savannah Woods, Ashton Williams and Laiken Kaylor as the Silly Girls.

Also performing in “Beauty and the Beast” are Ryan Owens, Anna Kay Everett, Tori Willison, Emily Adair, Sierra Armstrong, Brennen Applegate, Rachel Ball, Jacob Barnes, Kallie Benedict, Brittany Billingsley, Danny Brathwaite, Natalie Brewer, Hannah Brletich, Madi Burrow, Taylor Cagle, Sydney Calvert, Payton Carlton, Madeline Chosich, Tiffany Clark, Ana Covington, Allie DeStefano, Kelsey Drees, Zoe Eddington, Rhiannon Epley, Maksym Filipov, Collin French, Corbin Friddle, Jordan Gately, Lauren Gilbert, Michael Gilstrap, Ian Gonzalez, Samantha Goodrich, Josh Graham, Keaton Grimmett and Justin Hagar.

The cast also includes Hannah Hanshaw, Chanda Harper, Linsey Hazeslip, Saralyn Hellstern, Jalen Hemphill, Riley Hoffer, Jay King, Courtney Lewis, Audrey Lightfoot, Kayla Looney, Heidi Mackey, Blain Mahoney, Cally Males, McKenzie Marks, Ashley Martin, Saidee McCaa, Lauren McCabe, Macy McClanahan, Bridie McClusky, Wyatt McMahan, Logan Melder, Sara Mitchell, Piper Mobbs, Baylee New, Emily Nichols, Kiara Odom, Eloise Owen, Mary Powell, Allie Pray, Nikki Przedwiecki, Cody Pugh, Codi Rice, Annalisse Riley, Brook Rowland, Lindsey Salzman, Josh Scott, Marcela Shipley, Kayli Sims, Brady Smith, Hope Smith, Seth Stewart, Gregory Stone, Clarissa Struble, Kiera Taylor, Annie Thomas, Shelby Thompson, Autumn Toler, Lauren Travis, Brandon Turner, April Watts, Kristopher White, Hayley Williams, Katlyn Williamson, Bailey Wisdom, Carly Woods, Savannah Young and Helen Zimmerman.

Ashley Tarvin serves as the director. She is also a choreographer who specializes in larger-than-life dance numbers, according to a news release.

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ appeals to everyone. You will see students from all organizations — football, wrestling, dance, forensics, cheer, band and journalism, join theater to produce a spectacular show,” Tarvin said in the release.

McKenzie Marks and Tanner Johnson are assisting with the musical as its student directors.

Vocal and pit director Chuck Massey directs the live orchestra with students Molly Guzman, Cody Robinson, Tyler Wilson, Trevor Gould, Max Applegate, Daniel Mosqueda, Tyler Kibbe, Jase Lumpkin, Andrea Poland, Ian Neiswender, Hannah Brown and Brian Wyatt.

Joe Trusty is the orchestra rehearsal director. Pianist Joe Marray offers her 50 years of accompaniment experience.

Technical director John Middleton is making his CHS spring musical debut.

Middleton has toured Broadway. He’ll bring expertise gained from that to the lighting and set design.

The stagecraft crewmembers under Middleton’s direction are Sydney Woodson, Erica Savage, Kenzie Blanchard, Tori Torres, Kayla Henard, Rachel Henard, Kayla Moomy, Taylor Barger, Becca Ellerbee, Sydney Palmer, Clayton Rogers, Echo Clark, Brent Simmons, Tyler Lucas and Carol Light.

Costume directors Kim Marks and Bambi Romines made each character’s wardrobe special with their attention to detail.

Parent volunteer coordinator Missy Woods is accepting donations at the performances and providing lunch for the 150 students involved in the production.