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‘Beauty and Beast’ high school musical opens Friday night

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By Meaghan Downs

As a candlestick and clock banter on stage, a dancing spoon (she also embodies the roles of wolf and villager) waits in the dark auditorium wings.
Anderson County high school student Suzanne Lilly said, in a loud whisper, that the cast and crew of “Beauty and the Beast” have basically recreated the animated Disney movie from the 1990s, one that holds fond childhood memories for Lilly and many of her classmates.
“Probably because it was a movie when we were little,” Melissa Shouse, who plays a dancing knife, added. “Watching it become from nothing to something is cool.”
After holding auditions in December, weeks of hard work are about to pay off as the curtain opens this Friday night for a two-week run of performances.  
Senior Dylan Buser, who is in charge of lighting for the production, said he isn’t nervous about opening night, even though it’s his first year being in charge of lighting.
But he knows that he needs to make sure the actors are in place where the lights hit, that they can be heard with as little interference as possible.
“I realize my job is really important in that if I mess up, it’s really big,” he said.
This version of “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the Broadway production, so there are a few extra musical numbers and transitional scenes than what the animated film includes.
But anyone who is a fan of the ’90s film (and of singing flatware) will enjoy the play, students said.
 “We worked so hard on it and we’re so proud of it,” Shouse said. “We think it’s something everyone can go see."

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Want to go?
The high school’s spring musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will debut on March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson County High School auditorium.
Evening performances will be March 15-16 and March 22-23 at 7 p.m., with matinee performances on March 17 and March 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased each evening at the box office an hour before the performance begins. For more information, contact Jaclyn Haddix at jaclyn.haddix@anderson.kyschools.us