The Newfane Central School District will be performing Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.
Shows will take place 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Newfane Middle School auditorium.
The 18th-century fairy tale, originally written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, became an international phenomenon when Disney created the Academy Award-winning animated feature. After a 13-year run on Broadway, the stage version of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has been performed in 37 countries.
In Newfane, the cast, crew and pit consists of more than 100 students ranging from 5th through 12th grades. as well as a team led by five educators who are experienced performers, musicians, and artists: Adria Francani, director and vocal director; Christopher Hart, musical director, pit conductor and co-producer; Vic Thibault, set design and stage crew; Emily Prucha, choreographer; and Angela Dray, co-producer.
“Newfane students are involved in all aspects of this show — they’re performing the instrumentation, running sound checks, creating lighting designs, building the set and doing hair and makeup,” Francani said in a release. “They’re singing, acting and dancing with so much heart and so much courage. It’s an incredible privilege to witness their dedication and hard work!”
The role of Belle is being played by 12th-grader Grace Dixon.
“ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has been my favorite Disney production since I was 4 years old. I am so grateful to play Belle and finally perform some of my favorite songs. The whole cast does such a wonderful job bringing the Disney Magic to the stage,” she said.
Added Madeleine Myers, who is playing the role of Mrs. Potts, “I’ve had so much fun bringing this amazing character to life, and it’s helped my confidence grow.”
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