‘Beauty and the Beast’ reaches Ticonderoga stage

Students present Disney classic

Timothy Ryan portrayed Lumiere in the Ticonderoga Middle School production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Timothy Ryan portrayed Lumiere in the Ticonderoga Middle School production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Ticonderoga Middle School students presented a “tale as old as time” as their annual musical drama Feb. 14 and 15.

“Beauty and the Beast” was performed under the direction of music teacher Andre Gordon.

Based on the Disney Academy Award winning animated feature, the stage version included songs written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice for the movie.

“Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of Belle, a young French girl, who meet a “beast.” When Belle’s father Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle to find that the master of the castle is a horrible beast who takes him captive. Belle must then give up her freedom to save her father’s life. Belle helps transform the “beast” back into a handsome prince.

The play has been on Broadway the past 13 years.

Samuel Shelmidine played the beast and Casey Raymond portrayed Belle in the Ticonderoga production.

Paige Bailey played the Old Woman/Enchantress, Colvin Chapman was Gaston, Douglas Baker was Lefou, Dakota Gilbert was Maurice, Nicholas Fitzgerald was Cogsworth, Timothy Ryan was Lumiere, Megan Shaw was Babette, Emily Powers was Mrs. Potts, Grace Montville was Madame De La Grande Bouche and Willa Shakeshaft was Monsieur D’Arque.

Mykenzie Rich, Kallie Dorsett, Margaret McDonald, Tierra Bush and Briana Bezio played servants and villagers.

Mackenzie Strum, Shelby Turner, Sarah Bresett and Alyssa Tucker served as narrators.

The stage crew included Susan Ward, Makayla Baker, Jamie Cox and Riley Quigley.

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