Disney’s Beauty & the Beast to Hit the LCHS Stage
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
The Lake County High School (LCHS) Performing Arts Department is getting ready to roll out another memorable musical after months of hard work and collaboration. The classic tale of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to life on the LCHS stage this Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
With help from a production and design team of 18, a cast of 31 Lake County students will be performing 4 shows, putting on display the elaborate result of so many combined efforts.
This is the classic story of a grand castle where young and beautiful Belle discovers Beast and his servants the victim of an enchantress’ curse. As arrogant Gaston competes for Belle’s affections, Beast must learn of love and be loved before he and his castle’s servants are forever sealed in their enchanted state.
At the top of the bill are student actors Jessica Jardee in the role of Belle, Grey Finnell as Beast, and Tanner Herron as Gaston. The rest of the principal cast filled out by Makala Schnablegger, Elizabeth Smeltzer, Destiny Mascarenas, Alex Kinnel, Elizabeth Camp, Annemarie Duel, Jordan Sanchez, Jude Hill and Noah Miller.
The technical/design team, with students at the ropes and lightboard, has constructed a detailed and bedecked set of Beast’s Castle and a light/sound design both to be immensely proud of, and secretive about. In fact, no one has seen the set except the cast and crew, at their request!
There is no other operating theater in Leadville, and the Performing Arts Department knows they have a big job to present a show to fill us up for the entire year.
“The students have worked their tails off,” says LCHS Artistic Director Scott Carroll, himself sounding excitedly exhausted, “We are bringing a high level quality of theatre, and they have a lot of heart and soul to do it.”
Scott Carroll, in his second year at the post, is stage director for the play, working alongside musical director Donna Schaefer, associate musical director Jon Cole, assistant director and stage manager Aislyn Marshall, volunteer coordinator Melissa Hill, and choreography/stunt team Makinsey Harmon, Ben Wells, and Sarah Wells.
Adapted from the animated film, this version for the stage features original songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. The live show has played on stages all over the world, landing finally here, in Leadville, Colo. The production is sponsored primarily by People’s Bank, and in part by Aspen Leaf Realty, Independence Realty, and the Elks.
Performances run for two weekends: Fridays Nov. 6 & 13 @ 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Nov. 7 & 14 @ 2 p.m. Tickets for the entire run of the production are currently on sale by calling (719) 486-6888 (extension 2019) or online: HERE. Adult tickets are $10 and student, child, and senior tickets are $6.