Avonworth presents “Beauty and the Beast”

“Beauty and the Beast” cast in rehearsal scene: back, from left, Anders Ove, Jackson Horigan, Lucas Mc Donald, Julia Ciarimboli, Tess Theobald; gargoyles, Erin Ove and David Binley; front, Adam Boaks and Sophie Thompson. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Avonworth will stage its spring musical, ‘Beauty and the Beast” March 31 and April 1, 7, and 8 in the high school auditorium, with a 7:30 p.m.curtain time for all performances.

Deborah Frauenholz, in her 20th year as musical director, said that the stage production is similar to the film, but that the live performance “…has more depth. Also, it has additional numbers.”

Approximately 70 students, grades 7-12 are involved in the production which has special lighting and staging effects.

Asked if she had strong parental help with the staging of the show, Frauenholz replied, “Always. I would be lost without it.”

The show made its Broadway debut in 1994, and now ranks as the sixth-longest running show of all time. It also has been adapted to film, the most recent version opening just last week.

While the plot is a fairy tale, it does project several life lessons, including the values of loyalty, friendship and determination.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. Advance purchase is available between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., beginning March 27 by stopping at the middle or high school office. Visitors should ask for a visitor's badge and directions to the ticket sale table. Ticket order forms also may be e-mailed to avonworthtickets@gmail.com