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  • With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.
    Photos courtesy of Emily Allgair
    With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.
  • With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.
    Photos courtesy of Emily Allgair
    With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.
  • With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.
    Photos courtesy of Emily Allgair
    With their spring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” SPMS students will put their own surprising twist on the tale as old as time.

SPMS Students Gear Up To Present Steampunked “Beauty And The Beast” Musical

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March 7, 2017

Severna Park Middle School students and creative staff members are hard at work on their interpretation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which they will present March 31 through April 2 at the school. Sixty-three students will take the stage that weekend in a steampunk version of the romantic fairytale that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Using the musical’s lyrics “ever just the same, ever a surprise” as its tagline, the SPMS Spartan Lyrical Society version of the show is a deconstruction of the original, reassembled with Victorian-era industrial themes that still honor Disney. Costumes and set design reflect the genre with leather, metal and other materials inspired by the Industrial Revolution.

“There are a lot of magical elements that will happen in this show,” explained parent volunteer and show producer Kelly O’Brien. That magic includes a one-minute fight scene that features every member of the cast and a slow-motion sequence.

The idea of enacting a slow-motion scene in a live performance was an artistic decision, noted Artistic Director Atticus Boidy. “We make the show very much our own,” Boidy said. “We take our own artistic liberty using the same characters and text. It’s interesting and fun.

“The kids really like the idea,” he added. “They think it makes sense. It really affects the set and their costumes.”

As in the Disney animation, Belle will wear a yellow dress, but it is steampunked with metal embellishments. The show set features muted dark colors and metallic, rough edges. Parent volunteers repurposed the stage-consuming, two-story set that was used for last year’s production of “Fame.”

Seventh-grader Leslie Robinson plays the leading beauty, Belle, in the show. She recently moved to Severna Park from Howard County, and this is her first SPMS production. “I’m happy to be Belle,” she said. “I think that steampunk is cool, and it’s really fitting for the show. I like the choreography for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because it’s really fun to do.”

Eighth-grader Nick Ivey, playing the male lead of Beast, agreed that the show has been fun to prepare. “I think it’s really cool because there are a lot of fun acting parts,” he said, expressing particular interest in Beast. “He’s an emotional character, and it’s a lot of fun to play around with ways to do it.”

Comedy is woven in to the production through colorful characters. Lucy Feldmann, an eighth-grader, plays one of them, LeFou, sidekick to Gaston, the brutish villager who wants to marry Belle. Gaston picks on LeFou throughout the story. “It’s a fun part,” Feldmann explained. “I get to do a lot of stage falling. I think it’s fun how I get thrown about.”

But even though the production will showcase the cast’s comedic talents, Boidy said it will also display their dramatic flair. “This age group is never taken as seriously as it should be. They are so capable,” Boidy said of the cast. “I couldn’t be more fortunate to work with this group. This is a hard show. The vocals are complex. The talent here is amazing. I’m very proud of the production.”

This year’s musical benefits from some technical upgrades. New lighting and sound systems have provided major enhancements. There are 20 Tech Crew Club members committed to helping put on the show. An enthusiastic fleet of parent and high school volunteers are supporting the cast and crew. Rounding out the creative team are music director and middle school teacher Sara Metcalfe and choreographer Megan Murphy. Alex Moundalexis, from Severna Park High School, will stage-manage the show.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a production of the Spartan Lyrical Society, the booster organization for choral and performing arts at SPMS. Tickets for the four shows scheduled for March 31 through April 2 will be available at www.spmssings.org starting March 17.


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