Morris Area presents a tale as old as time for fall musical
MORRIS – Morris Area High School will present its fall musical, Beauty and the Beast, Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Area High School auditorium. The evening performances will also include a 5:45 p.m. dinner, with proceeds going towards a remodel of the high school auditorium. There will also be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Nov. 23.
Beauty and the Beast is the story of a young woman named Belle (Kendra Buro), a bookworm in a provincial French town, pursued by the community’s egotistical ladies’ man, Gaston (Aaron Jones). When her father Maurice (Chase Mohrman) is imprisoned by a Beast (Mitchell Moe) for trespassing, Belle offers herself instead. The Beast accepts, if Belle promises to stay in his castle forever. Throughout her stay, Belle befriends the enchanted inhabitants of the castle – Babette (April Jyrkas), Cogsworth (Andrew Scheldorf), Lumiere (Yasha Hoffman - not pictured), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Alyna Kleinwolterink), Chip (Maria Schneider) and Mrs. Potts (Mallory Arnold) and gradually learns the story of the Beast. Meanwhile, the ultra-masculine, egotistical Gaston tries to rally the town to rescue the woman he hopes to marry.
The stage version includes songs from the Disney movie written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.
Tickets are available Nov. 18 and 19 outside of the high school office from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available on Nov. 16 and 17 at Willie’s Supervalu from 12 to 3 p.m. Dinner theatre tickets must be purchased in advance.