Archive for Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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High school students prepare for musical

A sign for the Tonganoxie High School’s upcoming performance of “Beauty and the Beast” sits outside of Bichelmeyer’s Steakhouse.

A sign for the Tonganoxie High School’s upcoming performance of “Beauty and the Beast” sits outside of Bichelmeyer’s Steakhouse.

November 4, 2009

Steve Harrell, speech and drama director at the Tonganoxie High School, discusses his students’ upcoming performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

Q: When and where can people view Tonganoxie High School's production of "Beauty and the Beast?"

A: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., at Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center, and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

Q: How many students are involved in putting this event together?

A: Over 100. Around 75 on stage, 12-15 in the band and others backstage.

Q: Who are the leads for this musical?

A: Elliott Brest plays the Beast. Megan Schenk is Belle.

Q: How long have you been rehearsing for this production?

A: We started six weeks ago.

Q: Do you think preparation for musicals is more difficult than a standard play?

A: Absolutely. The sheer number of students to coordinate alone makes it more difficult. This show also has costume, music, technical and publicity concerns that go far beyond a regular play.

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