Hononegah's Beauty and the Beast reminded audiences that beauty comes from within
Hononegah High School's Beauty and the Beast showcased an extra talented cast and ensemble. Audiences relived the storytelling of this 'tale as old as time'. A full theater filled the Performing Arts Center stage the weekend of March 11-13.
Hononegah High School included the best of musicians, choral singers, actors and dancers who invited audiences to “Be Our Guest.” Together they invited everyone to the show by fully welcoming a full house of musical lovers.
Choir teacher Carolyn Frieden, student director Mr. Christian Frieden and stage manager sophomore Annelise Mesa worked with a cast of around 50 students who brought this popular story to life.
Senior Sam Ross gave a convincing and moving performance as the iconic beast. Ross's pure talent shone throughout the entire show, especially while trying to get Belle to love him as evidenced in the song If I Can't Love Her.
One scene that stood out was when the Beast presented Belle with her own library full of books. This was the start of Beauty and the Beast's connection that eventually turned into love.
Another standout part of the show involved the Beast and Gaston who made a fight scene look very realistic.
From her very first scene when Belle sets out to find her father Maurice and to sacrifice herself for his release, Olivia Coleman grabbed the audience's attention as she transformed into Belle. Coleman's top-notch acting and smooth, powerhouse vocals kept everyone hooked and wanting more.
The character of Gaston was brought to life by junior Casey Bohn. Bohn was incredible at playing Gaston's conceit and shone in comedic prowess.
Noah Brockway brought great fun to the character of Lefou. Colton Heinrich shined as Belle's father Maurice, whose inventions were truly originals. Leo Galluzzo was brilliant in the role of Lumiere, playing opposite the equally talented Trinity Moffitt as Cogsworth; each brought their “A game” in displaying strong comedic talents.
Audry Piggot made a lovable Mrs. Potts. Kirra Fluegel was adorable in the role of Chip. Emma Kuo was fully entertaining as Babette. Olivia Gelander was Madame de la Grande Bouche and Gabe Kohl brilliantly portrayed Monsieur D' Arque as well as Young Prince. Cassidy Eddy, Amiah Jackson, and Layla Qulillen shone in their roles as the Silly Girls, while creating extra laughs.
Sarah Yeager was outstanding as the Enchantress. Gabe Kohl played the Young Prince. An ensemble sang, danced and acted in sync as the the script flew off the pages of this Disney version.
Under the direction of Mr. Kramper, a ten-person live pit band played favorites tunes by adding special touches to the theme song, Beauty and the Beast, Be Our Guest, Belle, Gaston, Something There, The Mob Song, A Change in Me, and reprises of various tunes.
Behind the scenes choreographers, set designers, lighting, and stage crews worked hard to help assure a quality production. Special and sound effects and well suited props added perfect touches to various scenes.
Susan Dibble led the way to the cast and crew wearing striking costumes, each fittingly perfect for each character. The costumes played an integral role in unfolding the story. Costumes ranged from dinner ware, pepper, spectacular formal gowns, and Cogsworth's detailed clock parts plus Lumiere's candelabras and accompanying candles.
As Beauty and the Beast fell in love on stage, the audience followed suit. A well deserved standing ovation was received in appreciation of a full team effort as everyone discovered that beauty always comes from within.