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Spalding Theatre Brings "Beauty And The Beast" To The Stage

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April 4, 2012

By Dylan Roche

The “tale as old as time” recently graced the stage at Archbishop Spalding High School as the theatre arts department presented its spring 2012 production, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The musical, which featured a cast of over 30 students, ran April 9-11 and 16-17 with great success.

“The show went better than any of us could have imagined,” said Spalding Theatre Director Jacki Dixon. “‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a huge undertaking, especially on the production level, and we weren’t quite sure how we were going to pull it off. Luckily, we have students that are talented beyond their years and parent volunteers who stop at nothing to make our shows a success.”

In the lead roles of the titular couple, seniors Laura Goudreau and Jordan Silver headed an ensemble cast of talented young performers. Based on the animated film, the musical follows the love story of a beautiful young woman named Belle (Goudreau), made a prisoner of a monstrous Beast (Silver), who is really a transformed prince. As Belle and the Beast come to respect and care for one another, the love shared between them breaks the curse and ensures them a happily ever after.

“Our cast is amazingly talented, and all fit perfectly into their roles,” said Dixon. “I could not have asked for more from them.”

The palace staff also lived under the curse, transformed into household objects. Students portrayed the colorful ensemble, including Lumiere (Andrew Gast), the debonair candelabra; Cogsworth (Zach McKinney), the finicky clock; Mrs. Potts (Katie Bogdan), the kindly tea-pot; her son, Chip (Julia Rach) the teacup; Babette (Lydia Ramsey), the sultry feather-duster; and Madame de la Grande Bouche (Karen Salvaggio), the operatic wardrobe.

Other supporting characters included Gaston (Collin Brown), the arrogant hothead determined to claim Belle as his wife; LeFou (Zack Garvin), Gaston’s imbecilic sidekick; and Maurice (Nick Macleay), Belle’s eccentric father.

The fairy tale world of magic and romance was created by teams of devoted parent volunteers, who headed up set construction and costume committees to design a visually magnificent scene.

The production even called for special effects. The enchanted rose was designed by head of sound, sophomore Brent Behringer. With the use of a remote control operated offstage, the petals were made to fall one-by-one throughout the show.

Spalding’s “Beauty and the Beast” enjoyed a successful run both weekends. “We broke ticket-sales records for almost every performance and the show seemed to be well-received by the school and community,” Dixon commented.

“Beauty and the Beast” marks the conclusion of the school’s production season; it will pick up next year with the fall play. For more information, visit or “like” Archbishop Spalding Theatre on Facebook.

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