Musical Theater Club Scores A Win With Their Production Of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Cody Schuler as Lumiere pulls off a wonderful performance and keeps the audience laughing with his antics.

Cody Schuler as Lumiere pulls off a wonderful performance and keeps the audience laughing with his antics. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The egotistical Gaston has his heart set on marrying Belle, the most beautiful girl in the village and has just announced his intentions to several silly girls who swoon over the news.

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Lafou, far right, can't believe his eyes as he pokes Cogsworth the clock, who is a freightned character and afraid of everything. Lumiere watches with amusement.

The Payson High School Musical Theater Club will stage Beauty and the Beast on April 11 and 12.

The $10 tickets ($8 for students) not only support the production — but help support the whole drama program for the high school.

Kathy Siler will direct the production, with musical and vocal director Daria Mason directing the orchestra and singers.

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Lefou is surprised by one of the maids as she hops on his lap after he discovers several of the objects in the house are animated beings who've had a spell put on them by the master of the castle.

Leading performers include Katie Jones, Reid Wiles, John Buskirk, Cody Schuler, Newman Becker, Sarah Sprinkle, Hailey Hamblen and Adele Becker.

The production will borrow the extensive costumes from Theatre Works in Peoria, Spotlight Community Theatre in Peoria and Cactus Shadows High School in Peoria. The theater club also ingenuously adapted the monster set from the set used for the earlier production of “Sweeney Todd,” a triumph of construction on the part of technical director Thomas Walling and his techies.

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