Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Beauty" Is in the Eye of the Beholder

The Pottsgrove Middle School will present “Beauty and the Beast” starting tonight at 7 p.m. and running through Saturday, March 3.

The show, which costs $5 to see, includes  70 – 6th, 7th and 8th graders in cast and crew. 

 The musical is under the direction of Tom Yenchick, producer, Carole Bean, musical director, and Cherie Fithian, choreographer. 

 An eight-piece pit orchestra will be used to accompany the musical.

 For those of you who don't know the story, here is a synopsis provided by Principal William Ziegler, who also kindly provided the photos.:

After a handsome but conceited prince treats a beggar woman poorly, the woman turns out to be a beautiful enchantress and turns the prince into a beast. 

Further, the prince's staff is all transformed into objects to do with their profession. 

The prince is given a magical mirror to view the outside world. To break the spell, he needs to learn to love a person for who they are, and get her to 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. 

Soon, 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 go in return for her staying there with him. 

As the Beast's inner kindness slowly reveals itself, 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?

Go to the show and find out!

Pottsgrove Middle School is located  at 1351 N. Hanover St. on top of the hill overlooking the district.

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