Cast members shown in the front are, Colin Matzke (Beast), Kaitlin Bratland (Belle), Hank Hegge (Maurice) Carrie Hagen (Mrs. Potts), and Emily Guberud (Chip). In back, Haley Holty (Lumiere), Gabrielle Murphy (Cogsworth), Lance Hegge (Bookseller/Ensemble), Kailee Bjerke (Narrator), Kaitlyn Gross (Silly Girl/Ensemble), Elliott Cross (Gaston), Hailey Dean (Silly Girl/Ensemble), Vivian Kampschroer (LeFou), Samantha Bratland (Wardrobe), Salma Muslim (Baker/Ensemble), and Lyndsey Hahn (Ensemble). Not pictured: Stine Myrah (Babbette), Rhiannon Skauge (Silly Girl), Claire Bratland (Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble).<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Cast members shown in the front are, Colin Matzke (Beast), Kaitlin Bratland (Belle), Hank Hegge (Maurice) Carrie Hagen (Mrs. Potts), and Emily Guberud (Chip). In back, Haley Holty (Lumiere), Gabrielle Murphy (Cogsworth), Lance Hegge (Bookseller/Ensemble), Kailee Bjerke (Narrator), Kaitlyn Gross (Silly Girl/Ensemble), Elliott Cross (Gaston), Hailey Dean (Silly Girl/Ensemble), Vivian Kampschroer (LeFou), Samantha Bratland (Wardrobe), Salma Muslim (Baker/Ensemble), and Lyndsey Hahn (Ensemble). Not pictured: Stine Myrah (Babbette), Rhiannon Skauge (Silly Girl), Claire Bratland (Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble).

The well-known fairytale story of Beauty and the Beast will come to life on stage at Spring Grove High School on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23. The students have been rehearsing as much as possible with their busy schedules to prepare this big production for the stage.

"I have absolutely loved working on this show! It is fantastic to see so many kids get involved in a large variety of ways," remarked Megan Miller, English/Drama/Speech teacher at Spring Grove High School. "I think they are really excited. It's such an awesome combination of veteran singers and actors mixed with students who are new to the stage."

The cast has been rehearsing since mid-September and are now putting the finishing touches on the performance.

"'Beauty and the Beast' is a huge show" said Miller. "My set construction class is really getting an appreciation of how to make everything count."

Being a musical and a Disney musical which is known for its great scores, there is a live pit band that is made up of students as well as community members. Having community members join the pit band is something new this year.

"The music is very challenging, so it is great to have some mentorship from talented community members," commented Miller. "I know several students have commented that they have learned and grown a lot as musicians by working with skilled adults. It brings a whole new dynamic."

Music for Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" was written by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The familiar story about love and kindness begins when a selfish, young prince turns away a beggar woman who is really an enchantress in disguise.

To teach him a lesson in love and kindness, she casts a spell over the castle, turning all who live there into living objects and the prince into a beast. He is given a rose that wilts over time. If he does not learn to love and be loved in return by the time the last petal of the rose falls, all who were living in the castle will remain objects and will never become human again.

A beautiful young girl, Belle, in a nearby village is an outcast in her own village for being an independent thinker. She ends up at the castle and all those living there under the spell hope that the spell will be broken by Belle. However, the local machismo, Gaston, will do whatever it takes to capture Belle, the most beautiful girl in town, as his next trophy.

Spring Grove High School will present their version of "Beauty and the Beast" on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. on the stage in the school gymnasium. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

"I am thrilled to have the combined talents of the music director, Kristi Anderson, and the pit band director, Emily Hahn, to work with on this project," commented Miller. "This story is so fun and touching at the same time. It has wonderful music and presents many exciting challenges in staging and costuming. Whether you're reliving a childhood favorite or new to the show for the first time, you'll love the magic these great kids have in store!"

Cast

"Beauty and the Beast" has a full cast of students from seventh through twelfth grades mainly. To fill out four numbers, students from fourth through sixth grades were also invited to be a part of the production.

Cast members include (in alphabetical order): Stine Myrah as Babbette, Salma Muslim as Baker, Colin Matzke as Beast, Kaitlin Bratland as Belle, Lance Hegge as Bookseller, Emily Guberud as Chip, Gabrielle Murphy as Cogsworth, Elliott Cross as Gaston, Vivian Kampschroer as Lefou, Haley Holty as Lumiere, Sam Bratland as Madame De La Grande Bouche (wardrobe), Hank Hegge as Maurice, Claire Bratland as Monsier D'Arque, Carrie Hagen as Mrs. Potts, Kailee Bjerke as Narrator, and Sam Bratland as Old Woman.

Silly girls are Hailey Dean, Rhiannon Skauge, and Kaitlyn Gross. Townsfolk/mob/cronies/wolves/dinnerware are Kailee Bjerke, Kaitlyn Gross, Sam Bratland, Hailey Dean, Rhiannon Skauge, Claire Bratland, Lyndsey Hahn, Lance Hegge, and Salma Muslim.

The Middle Ages (4th - 6th grades) ensemble includes: Kelsey Bratland, Brody Christiansen, Olivia Gleason, Ashlyn Hammel, Brianna Johnson, Jordan Leahy, Payton Leahy, Marah Mathison, Tiffany Michels, Rachel Norman, Ava Olerud, Emiley Osborne, Vanessa Peterson, Hattie Sanness, Elyse Storlie, Piper Thompson, and Emma Trybakken. The stage manager is Lauren Arneson and sound is by Jordan Anderson.

High school pit band members include: Danika Albert, Jenna Bohr, Sammi Boyd, Grace Harmon, Elizabeth Johnson, Laura Johnson, Nicole Krenzke, Matt Mendez, Keenan Siminski, and Harrison Speltz. Community pit band members include: Kristi Anderson, Fred Arnold, John Helm, Kristine Jepsen, Janet Krueger, Todd Kreuger, Lara Wold Mendez, and Judy Stone.