Beauty and the Beast'

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic.

The annual Sequim High School operetta kicks off at 7 p.m. May 8 and continues through May 16.

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" includes songs written by Alan Menken, the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town.

The beautiful Belle, played by Ellen Cain, is the talk of the town. Not only does she appear to be interested only in her books, she's unwilling to marry the town's most handsome man, Gaston, played by Danny Hall.

When Belle's father, the eccentric inventor Maurice, played by Sean Mitchell, gets lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle and is astonished to meet the staff of the castle - animated household items.

The butler is a candelabra named "Lumiere," played by Isaac Boekelheide, the head of staff "Cogsworth" is an old-fashioned clock, played by Jacob Breithaupt, and the maid "Babette," played by Megan Wright, is a feather duster.

The master of the castle is the horrible Beast, played by Andrew King. When the Beast discovers an uninvited human in his home, he takes Maurice captive.

Belle offers to give up her freedom to save the life of her beloved father.

Belle's taming of the Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince has enthralled Broadway audiences for more than 13 years.

Christy Rutherford and Robin Hall are directing the show.

An Irrigation

Festival special event

Who: Sequim High School

What: Annual operetta,

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

When: 7 p.m. May 8-9,

May 14-16 and 1 p.m. May 16

Where: Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 senior citizens, students with ASB cards and children 12 and under; $45 family package. Tickets available at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St.; Frick Drug, 609 W. Washington St.; the Sequim School District office, 503 N. Sequim Ave.; from cast members and at the door.

The Cast of Characters

Students participating in the production

of "Beauty and the Beast" are:

Megan Wright, Andrew King, Ellen Cain, Jacob Breithaupt, Stephanie Gooch, Danny Hall, James Willis, Isaac Boekelheide, Maggie McDougal, Sean Mitchell, Gabe Smith, Christy Newell, Phillip Sutton, Rachel Chumley, Andrea King, Laura Rutherford. Harrison Mitchell, Abby Berr, Emily Newell, Ferrol Paulsen, Sarah Workmen, Christian Lope, Maximillian Flock, Brianna Gilles, Nathaniel Neale, Zipporaph Gray, Joey Hall, Alexi Nelson, Mckenzie Hagstrom, Victoria Hal, Elizabeth Sutton, Annabelle Armstrong, Hannah Patterson and Madeline Patterson. Set design is by Jeff Hall. Costume design by Darrelynne Sutton.

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