By LORRIE HAM
FOR THE LAKER
In the story of Beauty and the Beast Jr., the brainy and beautiful girl Belle yearns to escape her provincial life and her brute of a suitor, Gaston.
However, Belle gets more adventure than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on April 20-21, and 2 p.m. on April 22 and 23. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/students. Tickets go on sale 45 minutes prior to each performance.
Several of the lead roles are double cast to give more students an opportunity to take part in the production. A total of 110 students are involved in the production’s cast and crew. Students in fifth through eighth grade were invited to be part of the show.
“We are unique in that we find a role and special place for every person who wants to have a theatre experience,” said Kelly Newell, GMS choir director, who co-directs the performance with Mary Todd Kaercher.
According to Kaercher, the Grandview drama program offers “a fantastic program of inclusion, inspiration, validation and a whole lot of self-confidence.”
Kaercher invited everyone to attend a performance.
“The show is filled with music and dancing and the kids are excited to perform,” she said.