‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to PembervilleWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
A tale as old as time is coming to Eastwood High School on March 15-17 when the school puts on its production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Eastwood’s musical director Leslie Myers said she tries to pick musicals that showcase the students’ talents and fill seats.
“Being high school kids, I was worried they would think [‘Beauty and the Beast’] was juvenile, being an animated film first, but they really warmed up to it quickly,” said Myers, who has directed Eastwood shows for two years and been involved with the program for 10 years.
The musical features 40 students in the cast, six in the crew and 15 in orchestra. Seniors Abby Stephens, Nate Miller and Chris Schermerhorn star as Belle, the Beast and Lumière, respectively.
The show also includes lavish sets, costumes and special effects, according to a news release.
One of the special effects will sweep the students off their feet — literally.
“The biggest thing for us is we’ve rented a fly system, so the kids are harnessed and they actually fly at different points in the show,” Myers told Toledo Free Press Star.
The director said her favorite song in the musical is “No Matter What,” a duet between Belle and her father.
“It’s a song not many people would think of [as a favorite] … it’s just a sweet little moment in the show,” Myers said.
She added that theater is a great confidence-builder for high school students.
“Theater overall, especially for high-school kids, they don’t get a lot of opportunities in our community to express themselves. I think this is a great thing. They can express themselves and learn about their emotions,” she said.
Tickets are $10. Call (419) 833-3611 or purchase them at the door. The show is dedicated to longtime Eastwood theater sponsor Don Overmyer.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. March 17 at Eastwood High School, 4900 Sugar Ridge Road, Pemberville.