Disney ‘Beauty’ roars from Broadway to BowsherWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowsher High School will soon open what it describes as the largest musical production in the history of Toledo Public Schools. Its highly anticipated presentation of Disney’s much beloved classic “Beauty and the Beast” is set to open on March 26.
The production features more than 40 players, with Caitlyn Varwig and Matt Schermbeck in the title roles. The show is being produced by the School’s Director of Vocal Music Karin Giffin.
“These kids have put in extremely long hours of rehearsal to make this show fantastic!,” Giffin said. “This is the biggest show I have ever put together and we are blessed to be the first Toledo Public School to perform a Disney show and of this magnitude.”
Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated classic hit the big screen in 1991 and was followed by the long running Broadway production in 1994, which closed in 2007.
“It’s always great to have a name show, but we’ve also been blessed with so much community support. The costumes alone for this production cost around $7,500, which we’ve have already covered through generous donations. I would say that this is a show not to be missed because it is family friendly, and the acting is just wonderful. I think the audience will be left speechless. We are just so fortunate to have this opportunity. We want to show the entire community what we have here at Bowsher and the work that TPS is doing,” said Scott McGorty, a senior at Bowsher.
“We’re expecting a large crowd, including Toledo Mayor Mike Bell.,” McGorty said. “Tickets have been selling well — I think we’ve already sold out something like 12 or 13 rows of seats.”
McGorty was so thrilled with the production he invited President Barack Obama, as well as First Lady Michelle, and while the Obamas won’t be able to attend, he did receive the following reply from the First Lady’s office.
“The First Lady sends her best wishes and hopes that you continue to work with those close to you to strengthen your community and our country.”
“Beauty and the Beast” runs through March 28. Showtime for Friday and Saturday evening is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults. Seniors and children 12 and under are $10 at the door. E.L. Bowsher Senior High School is located at 2200 Arlington Avenue.
For more information, call (419) 671-2000.