Since the end of last year, the cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast prepared for the opening night of the most anticipated show of the season. A Disney original, this play is truly magical.
With a unique and ambitious performance to prepare, the cast and crew hit the ground running at the end of the previous school year. The directors knew the show was high-reaching in every aspect, but devoted the time to each area so the show would run smoothly.
Around 200 tickets sold before the for the show, and the costumes alone cost over twelve thousand dollars.
“Ticket sales are obviously the number one thing,” Ms. Kelly Lawrence, Theater Department Head said. “We’ve been advertising to elementary schools, and we also have some events, one called Breakfast with Belle and another called Tea with Mrs.Potts. They [the children] get to take pictures and meet and talk to them [the characters].” Lawrence said.
In order to combat the costs, North Campus Theater Arts Director Ms. Ramina Mirmortazavi and parents prepared separate events to help raise money. Brunch with Belle and Tea with Mrs. Potts, which took place on the weekends before the shows, and gave kids and families in the community a chance to visit and dine with the cast and crew .
“I think it’ll be a fun family activity to come and see. I think it’ll bring the community closer together because it’s something that everyone knows, its’s a Disney thing. I think it’ll be a really fun experience to have,” Trystan Cardenas, playing Belle, said.
The original director of the show Ryan Heitzman, previous Technical Director, had the opportunity to take over a leadership position at another school district near the end of the blocking process, leaving the direction of the musical to Lawrence.
“I keep calling Beauty and the Beast an orphan because this was his baby. It was his idea. I tried to talk him out of it, “Lawrence said. “Somebody drops that little orphan child off and the impact of his leaving is bigger.”
Heitzman worked on the majority of the set until his last day in Deer Park on July 30.
“It was obvious that Mr. Heitzman had delivered on his promise to provide an amazing set for the show. When the set turned around during the show it gave me and everyone around me goosebumps, because it was so beautiful and unexpected,” Yearbook Adviser Amy Gullett said.
The closing weekend of the show upstaged the previous weekend. The cast and crew set the stage for their best performance during closing night. Even though there were a few technical difficulties, the cast and crew pushed through to finish the show and proved they had what it takes to deliver a commanding performance. The cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast set the stage for the rest of the school year’s performances.
“I can’t wait to see what this group does with their next performance,” Gullett said.