From left, Alistair McKee, Liam Harrison and Ethan Cooper
(Johnsburg Central School sophomores Sarah Morris and Shiloh Wood wrote this news story under the tutelage of English teacher Katy Odell.)
Students and teachers at Johnsburg Central School are in the final stages of preparing for this year’s musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” to be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31 in the school auditorium.
“We have quite a way to go,” said musical director Mary Leach. “We just started using sets and every component that we add requires more time.”
Leach said she chose “Beauty” for this year’s show because “the music is singable. Everyone is familiar with the tunes. Also, the play calls for a big cast. There were many parts, so many people could have a chance to have a principle part.”
Starring in the play as the modest and beautiful Belle is senior Moriah Amadeo, along with senior Liam Harrison as the vicious but loving Beast. Dustin Weller, a senior, is playing Gaston, the hot-headed brute, along with junior Jon Ordway as LeFou, Gaston’s clumsy sidekick. Junior Chris Guy is cast as Maurice, Belle’s caring, supportive father. Ethan Cooper, also a junior, is Lumiere, the laid-back candlestick. Alistair McKee, a senior, will portray Cogsworth, the uptight clock.
Other primary parts include Mikayla Glode as Mrs. Potts, the sweet teapot, and Montana Berg as Chip, her son, the cute teacup. Alongside Leach throughout the rehearsals is student director Courtney Allard.
Asked about playing the lead role of the Beast, Harrison said that “it’s different. [Playing the beast ] is something I wanted to do because it’s something not everyone gets to try. It’s nice to be on stage.
“It was hard to memorize the lines and songs at first, but once you run through it a couple of times, it gets easier. So far, I think it’s going well. We have had a lot of support from the students and we’ve had a lot of participation and people are working together really well.”
Ashlee Hitchcock, a senior playing an extra, spoke for everyone when she said, “I think we’re all involved enough; we all get a spotlight.”
“It’s been a great experience working with everyone and we look forward to a great play,” Leach added.
Tickets for the Johnsburg Central School production of “Beauty and the Beast” are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizen and may be purchased at the door.