TIPP?CITY – If you love to read as Belle does, then you have learned not to judge a book by its cover. This lesson and many more are explored in the Tippecanoe High School stage production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Bringing to life memorable characters such as Lumiere and Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip, Gaston and Lefou, this production will bring Disney magic to audiences at the Tippecanoe Center for Performing Arts stage.
With music by Alan Menken, the composer of other Disney favorites “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Pocahontas,” and with lyrics by Tim Rice, lyricist of Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Beauty and the Beast” has been a family favorite for years. The show includes not only the memorable tunes such as “Be Our Guest,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Gaston,” but also seven wonderful new songs written for the stage production.
The musical welcomes back many familiar faces to the Tippecanoe stage, including senior Max Witeof as The Beast and junior Lauren Johnson as Belle. The cast also includes veteran seniors Erik Cooper, Emma Etchison, Quintin Faler, Sydney Fay, Sierra Nellessen, August O’Toole, and Kailee Tateman. They are joined by a high school cast of nearly 60 and Tippecanoe Middle School student Lydia Heddleston as Chip. Join in the Disney magic and buy tickets either at the door prior to the performance or make reservations in advance at www.tippdrama.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students in grades 12 or below.
Performances will be held on Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee will be performed on Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 pm in the Tippecanoe Center for Performing Arts. Senior citizens are invited to the Thursday performance on April 18 for free. All seating is reserved.
Cast members include Geordie Heddleston, Frankie Viskup, Taylor Clark, Alex Hallauer, Nate Peele, Zoe Mendenhall, Lexi McCormick, Lydia Etchison, Lydia Heddleston, Mara Mason, Andrew Puthoff, Taylor Patrick-Black, Payton Wilks, Claire Subler, Alex Graham, Mathew Kuns, Alex Abboud, Hannah Baird, Kirsten Bell, Kayla Cloud, Emily Duff, Katelin Dynes, Alex Dahle, Allie Elam, Rachael Etchison, David Korleski, Jasmine Fletcher, Mathew Kuns, Bailey Flora, Melissa Garvic, Abby Graham, Jay Schairbaum, Victoria Grieshop, Spencer Thomas, Rhyanna Hallauer, Ellie Harrison, Brandon Wogoman, Mary Jensen, Jennifer Korleski, Grace Kueterman, Kayla Marshall, Ali Merrick, Hannah Randall, Kayla Raypole, Taylor Rench, Katherine Shirley, Kelly Stillwagon, Carissa Walek and Jess Walland.