Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Marlington High School’s drama program has added Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to its history with yet another entertaining and skillful show.
The popular show was based off of the book by Linda Woolverton, music added by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
The turnout Friday was spectacular, filling the entire auditorium with an eager audience. Saturday afternoon allowed for a looser and more relaxed environment, only be followed up by another crowded showing that same evening.
The cast was led by Jordyn Ritchie as Belle and Daniel Greco as the Beast, supported by Aidan Comfort as Lumière, Nick Kish as Cogsworth, Kyleigh Muniz as Mrs. Potts, Savannah Waffler as Babette, Lilyan Ronske as Madame de la Grande Bouche, Evelyn Bullock as Chip, Mike Myers as Maurice, Adam Ryan as Gaston, Colby Deane as LeFou, and William Lanzer as Monsieur D’Arque. They were joined by “Silly Girls” Cassia Comfort, Tori Maxwell, Tori Rodgers and Lexi Sabatino; Michael Stauffer as the Young Prince; and Enchantresses Laney Hess and Lexi Strzala. Adding to the performance was the high school chorus and dancers, as well as elementary chorus members.
Music was performed by Sam Al-Hadid, Tim Shilling, Marti Steiner, Emily Shaub, Isabella Delmoro, Alison Sanor, Kassandra Kurtz, Kathryn Gerber, Celeste Uhl, Bret Pendergast, Allen Marshall and Rylee Miles.
Running the show were Directors Sam Al-Hadid and Shelly McAlister, Producer Chris Locke, Choreographer Calle Knisley, Costume/Makeup Stephannie Boron, Student Directors Eric Beal and Emilee Ritchie, Sound by Anthony Depinto, Lights by Devin Hoebeke, Spotlights by Melanie Hackney and Olivia Knipp, and Videographer Thomas Wilson.
Backstage had the unsung heroes of the musical, consisting of managers Madison Bryant and Maria Hoebeke and crew members Drew Barker, Logan Dugan, Breann Ford, Carsey Franks, Hailey Hershberger, Nia Lambdin, Jasmyne May, Morgan McGill, Nova McMasters, Elizabeth Shahan, Ashley Tarter, Raelynn Tolbert, Cade Ulbricht and Evan Yost.
The musical was held this previous weekend spanning Friday evening through Sunday afternoon in four different showings, accompanied by a dinner and tea party for attendants.
The Marlington High School drama program continues to amaze, while the community looks forward to each annual performance with excitement and anticipation.