Twenty local schools participate in ‘Beauty and the Beast’Written by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Young local performers are inviting the community to be their guest with “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” presented by 3B Productions.
The production is the annual show featuring youth in the area, consisting of 93 cast members representing 20 local schools.
“They sound phenomenal,” said Becki Coale, business manager for 3B Productions. “They are a wall of sound.”
So many auditioned to be in the production that 16 roles were double-cast, known as the Mirror Cast and the Rose Cast, each performing three days. The cast has been rehearsing since June.
“We always have a tightknit cast because we are all teenagers from different areas that share the same passion for theater,” said Coale’s son Dylan, who plays Lumiére in the production. “It’s a lot of fun because you don’t think Ohio has this much talent until we really put together a show like this.”
Coale said the theater group provides recreation for youth while school is out.
“It keeps them busy and it’s a great self-esteem-booster,” Coale said. “Last year we had a couple of kids who had never done a show before and their mom convinced them to do the show and, at the end of the production, one boy came up to me. He said, ‘I am so thankful my mom made me do this show.’”
The volunteer-run 3B Productions puts together four shows a year, one being for young adults. They’ve been doing so since 2005 after the group was founded by Joe Barton, Gary Buerk and Jesse Bernal. Barton is directing “Beauty and the Beast.”
“A lot of your production companies will do your ‘Annie’ and your ‘Wizard of Oz,’ your more common shows,” Coale said. “We wanted to do shows that are rarely done.”
They chose to do “Beauty and the Beast” to attract more youth.
“We try to get an idea from the kids of what they’d like to do,” Coale said.
The theater group has won awards at regional and state levels, for directing, acting, choreography and costuming. Their most recent production of “Urinetown: The Musical” this spring won five awards at the Ohio Community Theatre Association Regional Festival, according to 3bproductions.org.
Performances will be at the Maumee Indoor Theatre at 601 Conant St. Show times are at 8 p.m. July 24-27 with matinee shows July 27 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for preferred seating are $17, adult tickets are $15 and students and seniors are $13. Tickets are available at the door.