LIVINGSTON, NJ - The performers, musicians and technicians of Livingston High School invite the community to "be their guests" as they perform "Disney's Beauty and the Beast." The popular musical, which includes the hit songs from the animated movie, will have a four-show run March 19-March 21. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $12. Performances will take place in the auditorium at LHS, with curtain time at 7:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21. There will also be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 21.
Director Janene DePalo said she chose the classic piece for its many great character parts and the opportunity to showcase the LHS Theatre with a production appealing to all ages.
“LHS has never done a Disney production before and I thought this ‘tale as old as time’ would be a perfect choice,” said DePalo, who in addition to directing at LHS, teaches fifth grade at Hillside Elementary School.
DePalo admited, with a cast of more than 30, her biggest challenge has been costumes including transforming a student actor into the Beast, and others into inanimate objects like a teapot and candelabra. “It has been a huge undertaking,” she said.
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self—but time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Playing the iconic roles of Belle and the Beast are Bailey Grey and Brandon Binsol.
Featured performers include: Allan Lvov as Gaston; Corinne Ferman as Mrs. Potts and Ryan Healy as her son Chip; Austin Biss as Maurice, Hillary Borker as Cogsworth, Josh Young as Lumiere, Shannon Colonna as Babette, Jared Kirsch as Lefou, Jordan Cohen as Monsieur D’Arque, Jessica Silverman as Madame De La Grande Bouche, Sam Thor as Young Man, Kerry Zak as the Old Beggar Woman, Kerry Zak (Dance Captain), Gabrielle Gross, and Molly Greenstone as the Silly Girls; Lauren Critelli, Katie DeGuzman, and Emma Giulianti as the Other Silly Girls.
Townspeople and servants are: Arielle Fuhrman, Meredith Harris, Samantha Kahn, Joseph Lanigan, Marissa Lipschutz, Meghan Nevola, Tilly Pecker, Jackson Rynar, Abi Simko, Amanda Stephenson, and Bhavishy Venigandla.
Michael Jedwabnik serves as musical director, Brian Megaro as technical director, and Gina Montalto as choreographer. Barbara Geiger and Karen Montalto are the costumers.