Holland High - "Beauty & the Beast" Selected as Fall Musical | Arts & Culture
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” will take the stage in Holland High's Performing Arts Center this fall for a record nine shows. Shows starting at 7 p.m. are on Nov. 29 and 30, and December 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Matinees beginning at 2 p.m. are on Dec. 2 and 9.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased on line and picked up the night of the show. Tickets may also be purchased in advance in the high school office. Don't delay. HHS theatre productions frequently sell out.
“This is a big show with as many as 84 bodies on stage at a time, many of them in enchanted costumes,” theatre director Kevin Schneider said. “We really don’t have enough fly and wing space for a show like this, but we’re going to try it anyway. This show is so much fun."
Schneider said that last year he went to see Warren Consolidated School for the Arts’ production of “Beauty and the Beast” because Erik Hart, a former student who graduated from Holland High School in 1993, was directing it. Schneider said that show was so awesome that he returned to Holland resolved to stage it.
Holland’s show stars Audrey Morton as Belle, Nick Guisinger as Gaston, and Jamie Colburn as Beast. In a case of déjà vu, Schneider said he vividly recalls Jamie as an eight-year-old who – fresh off a family trip to Broadway -- exuberantly sang songs from “Beauty and the Beast” in the HHS theater classroom as he waited for older sisters Kelsey and Katie to finish evening play practice.
“I really love all the songs in this play,” Jamie said, “but my favorite has always been If I Can’t Love Her. I get to sing that in the show.”
A plaster mold is being made of Jamie’s face to produce a custom-fitted Beast mask, hand-tied with human hair.
Delaney Piggins will play Mrs. Potts, Dylan Kerfoot will play the Lumir the candlestick, and Michael Karadesheh will play Cogsworth the Clock.
Schneider said he added a ninth performance (last fall’s musical “The Wizard of Oz” had eight) to help cover royalties and costume rentals for the show, which is will run about $20,000.Schneider also plans to stage Disney’s "The Little Mermaid" this spring.
As one of the highest award-winning theatre programs in Michigan, people have already asked Kevin about what play he will direct as Holland’s entry for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association festival this winter. "It will likely be a cutting from “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum,” he said. "This was my mother's favorite comedy, and with her passing away last month, I'd like to do something entertaining and in her memory."
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