Monday, May 28, 2012

Beauty and The Beast

     For many students, springtime simply means that school is almost over; however, for the students involved with the musical, springtime means that the fun has just begun!  This year, the cast, crew, and pit members of the musical geared up for their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
     For months, those involved in the musical prepared for the much-anticipated production of the famed Disney classic.  Carly Haberman, who was cast as Belle, recalled the amount of time that was spent preparing for the show.
      “Starting at the end of February, we would rehearse after school from 3:00 to around 6:00 every day.  It’s a huge time commitment, but, in the end, it is so worth it,” Haberman said.
      Haberman also commented on playing the coveted role of Belle. 
      “It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite movie growing up,” Haberman said.  “I loved sharing the stage with my best friends, and it was so much fun to get to talk to the little kids after the show.  To them, we weren’t just high school actors—we were the characters.”
     In order to put on the production, countless students, teachers, and parents joined together to contribute their time and talents.
     Theatre student, Abby Leppert, has been involved in the musical for 3 years, and has worked on everything from build crew to lights.
      “I’ve been involved in theatre since I was a freshman,” Leppert said.  “This year for the musical, I was on headset.  My job was to give cues to all of the spotlights throughout the entire show.”
     Although Leppert has been a part of the past three musicals at GLHS, she says that Beauty and the Beast has been the most rewarding of all.
      “Opening night was the best,” Leppert said. “We get so used to seeing the show and running through the cues that it’s not until opening night when you realize that the audience is blown away by the performance. That is when you realize that we pulled it off. We pulled off Disney.
     This years’ production was May 10th through 13th in the high school’s auditorium.  In previous years, the high school has performed four shows over the weekend.  However, due to the production’s popularity, a fifth show was added on Saturday afternoon.  In total, four out of the five shows sold out completely.
     “Beauty and the Beast was such a huge performance this year, it’ll be hard to top!” Haberman said. “It has been such an honor to be a part of the theatre department this year.  It is sad to see everyone’s hard work come to an end, but, at the same time, next year’s show is already in the works, and it’s sure to be just as high-quality as this year’s production.”

Written by Emily Jadwin

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