Theatre Showcases Magical Performance of “Beauty and the Beast” – A Memoir from a Student
“Home will be where the heart is, never were words so true.” This lyric from “Home” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” could not describe more perfectly the cast and crew’s theme from this year’s spring musical.
I had the incredible opportunity to be a cast member this year. As a senior, I promised myself that I would not graduate without being involved in the spring show one way or another. I could not be happier with having fulfilled that vow.
For nearly five months, all of the cast members, technicians, and directors made it their mission to produce an amazing play. Countless hours in and out of school were spent working on choreography, set building, vocals, costumes, and more. All the while, the cast grew together as a family, one that supported and encouraged each other in all ways possible. “Beauty and the Beast” would not have come to pass without the hard work of these outstanding individuals.
During the course of this show, I learned so much about leadership, community, and excellence through the phenomenal examples that the cast and crew members set for each other. In theatre, there is no “JV” vs. “Varsity” or “inexperienced” vs. “experienced.” The open auditions from 6th–12th grade allowed those in their very first or even 10th musical to commonly embrace and enhance their love of fine arts.
I would like to extend a special thank you to the following people for sacrificing their time to ensure the perfection of this show and for loving students thoroughly each step of the way: Misty Baptiste, Cory Carter, Kaleigh McFarland, Kelly Cossey, ReEtta Roever, Karla Lambart, David Couch, and Jason Umbach.
I am forever thankful for all of the memories the cast and crew created. Every single person involved in “Beauty and the Beast” gave himself or herself wholeheartedly to the production, and I believe we found a home in each other.
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