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Beauty showcases high school talent

BRISTOL - When the curtain goes up for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at Mount Abraham Union High School, on Thursday, Nov. 20, audience members of all ages will be treated to some head-spinning effects - enchanting costumes, dazzling dance numbers and a layered, richly-hued set.

"Beauty and the Beast" has provided an opportunity for dozens of young local performers to make music and scenes come alive, to blend thoughtfully-crafted characters with songs that are entertainingly humorous and achingly beautiful, and five-town area fans are the privileged beneficiaries.

Belle (Gloria Kamencik) and the Beast (Nathan L'Heureux) face change in various ways, bringing opposing backgrounds of the commonplace and the royal, into more-than-strident conflict.

Transforming, evolving, becoming - every person in the tiny provincial French town (Maurice- Grant Baker; Gaston-Tyler Ford; LeFou-Taylor Allred; Silly Girls, Cronies, Citizens), the hauntingly somber castle (Cogsworth - Spencer Fitz-Gerald; Lumiere - Toby Salas; Babette - Tess Savage; Mrs. Potts - Hannah Miller;Chip - Tyler Jewett; Madame de la Grande Bouche - Hannah Rickner; Faithful Servants) and the foreboding woods (where the worlds of man, machine and beast intrude upon each other) - meets with challenges, questions and ultimately, answers that center and inspire them to go forward.

There's still time to plan on seeing Mount Abe's production. Tickets are on sale for Nov. 20-22, (curtain at 7:30 p.m.) and special matinee on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.

A special feature of this matinee - children are invited and encouraged to dress as their favorite character. They will have an opportunity to have a picture taken with Belle and others (with parents' cameras), and will receive a special free cookie at intermission. All seats are general seating; doors open one-half hour before curtain.

Call MAUHS at 802-453-2333 for ticket details.

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