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The Unveiling of the WGSS Beauty and the Beast Musical

The Unveiling of the WGSS Beauty and the Beast Musical

Netanya Castillo, Features Writer, and Esther Kim, Writer

From the traditional fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, to the live-action movie adaptation of 2017, Beauty and the Beast has proven to be a “tale as old as time”. This year, the Musical Theater class has elected to perform the Broadway Musical Beauty and the Beast as their annual production. None of this would have been possible without the abilities and talents of the Director, Ms. Meshen.

The production of this show has involved many members of our school. Mr. Angell and Mr. Hendricks have also been an incredible help in the singing and supervising aspects of Theater class. The narration is done by none other than our principal, Mr. Kozlovic, and WGSS is pleased to announce that all the music will be played live by students from grades 9 to 12, directed by Mr. Fawkes.

“My favourite part of the musical so far is just playing the music and hanging out with a group of friends.”

-Max Lee, grade 10

The dates of ticketed performances are as follows: April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29. More information and ticket purchasing can be found here (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914520). Nearly 75% of all ticketed seats have already been sold.

Beauty and the Beast follows the life of a selfish prince who is burdened by the spell of an enchantress. On the other side of the spectrum is a small town girl who is considered an oddity by all of the townspeople. What will happen when these two worlds collide?

The magic would not be complete without fabulous outfits, created by Ms. Wilson-Murray and students. The costume crew has outdone themselves with the intricate costumes they have created. On top of that, each costume was individually fabricated to suit each character in the production. The clothing varied from silly dresses, to dazzling gowns, to an outfit fit for a prince.

“As we get closer to opening night, the costumes are absolutely astounding. Seeing everyone in character, is very exciting and I cannot wait to strut around stage with my yellow gloves and big muscles.”

-Ian Frayne, “Gaston”, grade 12

Props, as well as the entire aesthetic of the set are other crucial aspects of Musical Theater. To ensure variety, each student was required to bring their own props and customize them to be identifiable to their character. The Bookseller had a basket of books, while the Fishman had a fish and the Candleman had an assortment of candles. The set was cleverly built to utilize the screen time of each character. It has two levels, multiple arches, and the curved staircase of every princess’ dream.

Whether you come to see Gaston in all his burly glory, Belle in her beautiful yellow dress, or the Beast…less beastly, the story of this provincial town will be one you won’t want to miss. Come out to watch and support the effort the Theater class has put into their dancing, singing, and acting; we promise you will not be disappointed! See you there Gators!

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