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Community High School to stage 'Beauty and the Beast'

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By Becky Kltz
Community High School District 94

"Beauty and the Beast," adapted from the Disney film, will take center stage next month at Community High School, 326 Joliet St., West Chicago.

Presented by WeGo Drama, performances will be at 7 p.m. May 8-10 and 2 p.m. May 11. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Tea with Belle is at noon May 11. in the Community High School Commons. Tickets are available at www.wegotheatre.com.

"Beauty" takes place in a village in France. A prince cursed to look like a hideous monster must learn to love and be loved in return by a young woman, Belle, to become human again. One of Disney's most loved stories, this magical evening of music and romance fits into WeGo Drama's season theme of See … Think ... Act Differently.

Cast member Lindsay Fiegle says "Beauty" is "a fulfilling show that tells stories not just about objects and princesses, but people as they search for love."

Cast member Matt Loftus says the show is "definitely a company, meaning that everyone has their moments to shine, which allows for a really fun experience for the audience."

Production manager Alora Pradel hopes the children in the audience "are able to take away the lesson that there is good in everyone" after they see the show.

Crew member Olivia Powrozek says "crew work on 'Beast' has taught me a lot of life lessons while helping the school and community discover the joy of live theater."

Finally, Josué Muñoz says "'Beauty and the Beast' promises to be an exciting show for our audiences. It is sure to please as it unlocks the kid inside everyone."

WeGo Drama also invites the audience to be guests at Tea with Belle before Sunday's matinee performance. Young princes and princesses can interact with characters from the musical while making crafts, participating in photo opportunities, and snacks. Tea with Belle has a separate admission of $5.

The company includes:

• From Carol Stream: Kyle Foehner, Ben Nelson, Elizabeth Panicali, Nick Sole and Sydney Weiss;

• From West Chicago: Ashley Anderson, Heather Belingon, Raynne Belingon, Ashlyn Bennett, Alicia Borchering, Robert Bradley, Jeana Brown, Javier Camaro, Erik Carlson, Diana Carrillo, Hector Cervantes, Anna Clark, Eddie Correa, Kathryn DeJong, Elyssa Diraddo, Keileen Driscoll, Arielle Duerr, Alex Fabiszak, Jackie Fabiszak, Gabriela Garcia, Mae Elizabeth Gimre, Megan Graal, Vanessa Hasbun, Jasmine Juarez, Hanna Keller, Marianne Kiel, Mikaela Kiel, Veronica Kruthoff, Thanh Le, Quintin Letts, Stephen Lewis, Tara Lyne, Antonia Lobocki, Jerimiah Lundquist, Caitlin Manspeaker, Jenny Manspeaker, Jessie Martinez, Pierce McGlynn, Grace McLean, Melissa Metzger, Kirsten Miller, Ana Montanez, Mya Moore, Josué Muñoz, Aiden Page, Harika Patel, Rachel Pekel, Alora Pradel, Raven Ringe, Emily Roldan, Anna Roskamp, Sam Roskamp, Kristen Rysell, Ben Skipor, Rachel Skipor, Nikki Slivinski, Sasha Slivinski, Kyle Stankowicz, Zandra Starks, Andrew Steininger, Katie Steininger, Katie Their, Gilary Valenzuela, Fernando Villa, Allison Wagner, Brenden Walsh, Noah Watkins and Kendra Whelan;

• and from Winfield: Drew Clancy, Maggie Clancy, Sarah Dalla Costa, Nessah Dean, Lindsay Fiegle, Matt Loftus, Whitney Martin, Sarah Mullins, Jacob Plant, Olivia Powrozek, Sarah Szremski and Natalie Wagner.

"Beauty and the Beast" is directed by Mark Begovich. Vocal direction is by Brandon Fantozzi. The orchestra is conducted by Alexanda Wojciechowski. The production assistant is Maggie Haas, Scenic design is by Chris Jensen, Makeup and hair is by Jaime Elza and TCD Cosmo Club, and the light and sound engineer is Jim Anderson.

For more information, contact Mark Begovich at mbegovich@d94.org.

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