Enchanting tale takes the stage in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid High School Music Theatre is bringing Disney's version of the beloved tale of Beauty and The Beast to Lake Placid audiences in a new and original production. The musical boasts a cast of fifty, directed by Kimberly Weems. There will be four performances at the Lake Placid High School Theater on Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and a special matinee on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the door at $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Once upon a time in a faraway land... so begins the classic love story of Belle (Rose Hyson), a young woman in a small provincial town and the Beast (David Balestrini), who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. There are magical secrets behind the castle walls inhabited by an odd assortment of enchanted objects that play matchmakers for Belle and Beast. Dancing candlesticks, clocks, wardrobes, teapots and more must help Beast learn his lesson before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose or they will all be doomed for all eternity. Beauty and The Beast will be performed by a cast of over fifty from the Lake Placid High School, Middle School and Elementary School. Faculty members Leslie Birney (portraying Mrs. Potts) and John Mullane (portraying Maurice) round out the cast of characters. A live orchestra will be directed by Kimberly Weems. Michela Boschetto, choreographer for LPHS Music Theater's production of "Starmites," returns for her second show creating dazzling production numbers for the cast. Kent Streed, costume designer, has been working for months in the construction of over 100 costumes. He along with volunteer seamstresses have spent countless hours cutting, stitching, gluing and otherwise constructing original design costumes for the musical. Already a legend as the sixth longest running show in Broadway history, Beauty and The Beast was nominated for nine 1994 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and won London's "Oliver Award for Best Musical." This unforgettable tale has been wowing audiences worldwide. The score, by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, features such memorable songs as "Be Our Guest," "Belle" and "Beauty and The Beast."

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