by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor
The Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented by Zimmerman High School with Olivia Hanson and Joey Briggs in the title roles.
“The play is filled with beloved, well-known characters, entertaining dialogue, touching moments and lively songs and dances,” said director Jon Paleshewski. “It is truly a delight for the whole family. The cast fit their roles very well, the costumes are colorful, and the set creative. The students are doing an amazing job.”
Hanson plays Belle, a French girl who loves to read and dream about distant lands and adventure, never fitting in with those around her, who are occupied with everyday life.
Ryan Olson plays Gaston, a handsome but self-absorbed and shallow youth, who wants to marry Belle, who sees they have nothing in common.
Belle’s father Maurice, played by Jonah Skrove, has an invention which he takes to the fair, hoping it leads to a better life, but he loses his way and seeks shelter in an enchanted castle. Here he finds that the servants have been changed into inanimate objects and the Prince into a hideous beast.
Maurice is held captive until Belle comes and takes his place. Over time, Belle and the Beast, played by Briggs, become smitten.
Later, Gaston storms the castle to try to kill the Beast and take Belle for himself. After a terrible battle, Gaston dies. The Beast almost dies, too, but is saved by the love he shares with Belle, which also breaks the curses and transforms him back to a prince, played by Dylan Thull.
Also with speaking parts are Karli Williams (narrator), Cassy Boucher, Josh Freeman, Vince Snyder, Andrew Vey, Parker Sturlaugson, Mickayla Lizama, Carly Nelson, Deanna Schultz and Jessica Hodge.
Palashewski is assisted by Laura Berghuis, with Amy Cunningham as technical director.
‘Beauty and the Beast’
At Zimmerman H.S.
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m.