JHS To Present Beauty & The Beast

Jamestown High School is proud to announce its 2013 musical, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. Performances will be held on Thursday, March 14-15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature. The stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years.

The JHS Musical Cast includes: Alyssa Leathers (Belle), Sonia Angeli (Belle Understudy for the Art in Education School performance), Nolan Wells (Beast), Cameron Hurst (Lumiere), Joel Allport-Cohoon (Cogsworth), Johnna Graham (Mrs. Potts), Austin Harmon (LeFou), Michael O’Brien (Gaston), Matthew Freeman (Maurice), Danielle Bertolini (Babette), Morgan Deppas (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Ryan Anderson (Monsieur D’Arque) and Lily Ellis, Emily Nelson and LaCherrie Pettibon as the three Silly Girls. There are two “Chips” for the show: Camron Curtis for the Art in Education performance and Thursday night shows and Drew Carlson for the Friday and Saturday shows.

The JHS cast and crew has been rehearsing and building sets since January. The cast has also taken performances into the local community including: Breakfast with Belle at the First Covenant Church, Dinner at the Enchanted Castle at the Falcon’s Nest, Lutheran Social Services and the Falconer and Prendergast Libraries.

“The benefits of being in a school musical are all-encompassing. Participating in a school musical helps give students the ability to tap into a different part of humanity and culture. It’s also develops their critical thinking skills, which are so valuable in life,” said JHS Musical Director Michele Constantino. “But one of the greatest benefits is the bonding experience these kids have with each other. The relationships last long past the musical itself and little kids that have been in past shows are now students at JHS and still participating. It’s a wonderful experience for the students.”

Every year the musical chooses a local charity to collect donations. This year’s charity is the Western NY Kidney Connection. The JHS Guidance Secretary Jeanette Ostrom is one of the founders and a member of “Women on a Mission.”

“We are so happy that the JHS school musical has chosen us as their charity this year,” said Mrs. Ostrom. “We rely heavily on donations to fund our website, which showcases the benefits of becoming a living donor. We also help pay some non-medical-related donor expenses, so when the school musical approached us we were so thrilled.”

Tickets start at $10, $8 for senior citizens and students and $5 for children under 12. Patron reserved seating may be available. You can purchase tickets at the Reg Lenna Box Office by calling 484-7070 or online at www.reglenna.com.