It’s “a tale as old as time” and the students of Forbush High School will bring it to life this weekend. The students have been rehearsing for weeks on their production of “Beauty and The Beast.” Performances will be at the high school auditorium (B building) at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door. Children 5 and younger get in for free.
Jamie Groce Campbell directs the production and said it is sure to be a treat for audiences.
“I believe that audiences will enjoy seeing a beloved fairytale come alive onstage through familiar faces. I also believe that the audience will enjoy seeing the students’ handiwork, from the characters to the scenery.”
Campbell said the students have learned a lot from the experience.
“Students learn and exercise a lot of different skills when working in theater,” she said. “They learn creativity through building and interpreting their own characters, communication skills by learning to work with others, confidence, to be able to get up in front of a crowd of people, and responsibility, learning their lines and taking control of their art.”
The production has been more to the students than just an extracurricular activity.
“Theater isn’t just an elective, it’s a creative outlet that teaches you team-building skills, and most importantly, theater is a place where you can find yourself and your family,” said Joelene Vadeboncoeur.
Being able to express themselves and getting a chance to “be” someone else is what several of the students said they have most enjoyed about being in the play. Making new friends is another thing they said they have enjoyed.
“Theater is my favorite thing, it’s the place where all my stress goes away and I am always smiling and laughing,” said Hannah Pearson. “[And I’ve enjoyed] all the great memories I make with my friends. We became so close and it’s like having another family.”
The costumes, which the students made themselves, the overall story line and the funny scenes of Gaston are a few things the actors said they thought audiences will most enjoy about the play.
“It’s serious and funny, it has all of it in one,” said Jared Williams.
“The audience will enjoy the comedy, especially Gaston and his songs,” added Eva Bey.
Vadeboncoeur said, “They will enjoy how well we all embrace and portray our characters, they definitely will not go home without a laugh, guaranteed!”
Campbell said she is extremely proud of her students and the work they’ve done to bring “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage.
“I have enjoyed watching the students grow throughout rehearsals. There is something powerful about giving the students a script and watching them create their own characters and world from the pages inside,” she said.
Performing in the show will be Eric Baity, Sarah Bennett, Eva Bey, Josh Casteen, Chasten Coleman, Elijah Golden, Zulima Gomez, Victoria Hicks, Christi Hobson, Annie Jones, Jacob Kepley, Jacob Khan, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Sydney Matthews, Brady Miller, Hannah Pearson, Brandon Sheek, Paul Sizemore, Aiden Stewart, Leah Thomas, Jolene Vadeboncoeur, Brittany White and Jared Williams. The crew includes Music Director Laurie Roberts, choreography by Jessie Grant, Campbell and Roberts. The Stage Manager is Sarah Bennett with Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Matthews. Scenic design by Brittany Calloway, lighting and sound by Fabiola Torres and Maris Bey and accompanist Shannon Taylor.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.