Seventy-five area youth will star in “Beauty and the Beast” Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m., at the Batesville High School auditorium, reports event chairman Kim Trader.
Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door.
The musical is presented by the Minnesota-based Prairie Fire Children’s Theater and sponsored by Rural Alliance the for Arts. The children auditioned Monday, July 14, and have been rehearsing for several hours each day this week.
After Wednesday’s practice, director Zach Flax, Bronx, New York, who also portrays Father/Beast, told the actors, “Everyone is so solid on lines.” He advised them to “be confident” onstage. After more work on energy and vocal projection, he predicted the play “is going to be awesome on Friday.”
Director Jordan Wofford, St. Louis, who appears as Gypsy Leader Serafina, observed that area residents will be entertained “because all of the rock star local kids are putting on an amazing show in just five days.”
Actors live in Batesville unless otherwise indicated.
The family consists of Beauty, Abby Chipps, Sunman; Jules, Evan Lamping, Greensburg; Jacques, Spencer Mack; Claire, Ashley Gowdy, Brookville; Lucretia, Nina Houston, Dillsboro; Morticia, Brianna Trader, Sunman; Laticia, Morgan Kramer; Ambitia, Abby Wynne, Brookville; Narcissia, Lily Esser; Ishishcia, Grace Mack.
The Prince is portrayed by Jacob Honnold, Kansas City; His servants are Major Domo, Joe Freyer; Minor Domo, Anthony Chipps, Sunman; Gardener, Emma Salatin, Greensburg; Painter, Domonique Trader, Sunman; Doctor, Joe Wilson, Sunman; Maid, Olivia Putnam; and Cook, Mary Salatin, Greensburg.
Madrigals will be played by Anna Engstrom, Ashley Whitham, Kate Walke and Renee Bauer; Abby Marincovich, Shawnee, Kansas; Jenny Dodge, Osgood; and Clare Wilson, Sunman.
Cementhead will be portrayed by Jacob Dodge, Osgood, and Redimix will be played by Andrew Simmons, Greendale. Other Gargoyles are Christian Mack and Nate Geis; Oliver Moster, Samuel Chipps and John Paul Chipps, Sunman; Eric Lamping, Matthew Lamping and Benjamin Lamping, Greensburg; Aaron Dodge, Osgood; Nathan Hubert, Lawrenceburg; and Gabriel Pochman, Hudson, Ohio.