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‘Beauty and the Beast’ to show at FHS – Fairmont Sentinel

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Above: Fairmont High School students rehearse for their upcoming show, “Beauty and the Beast” inside the Performing Arts Center. Beast and Belle are played by Hudson Artz and Jaelyn Pierce. In the bottom left corner are Trey Tumbleson, Craig Gates II, Bekah Landsteiner and Grace Miller.

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FAIRMONT– Fairmont High School invites you to “Be Our Guest” at its upcoming musical performances of “Beauty and the Beast.” The show kicks off next week with viewings Wednesday through Saturday.

Director Sara Gudahl said they wanted to go all out this year, especially after missing a performance last year. For the fall of 2020, Gudahl said they had a musical planned, both a small cast and large cast.

“We were 10 days from opening when the school went into full distance learning so both acts were cancelled. We were bummed. We never got to perform it,” Gudahl said.

Last year they were going to do “Alice in Wonderland” and Gudahl said they didn’t try it again this year because they had specifically cast the show based on voices and people they had in last year’s senior class.

“We felt like it was better to start fresh,” she said.

Gudahl shared how they came to decide on “Beauty and the Beast.”

“We wanted a big number to bring people back to the theater. We wanted something people knew and recognized.”

She said the school has done “Beauty and the Beast” before, in 2005, but she thought it was a good time to bring it back.

In watching the students rehearse, two big things are apparent right away: The costumes and the size of the cast.

“We rented from a company this year. Generally we outsource or make everything, but the enchanted objects are just so important so they needed to be good,” Gudahl said.

She said just 14 costumes were rented and the rest were outsourced. Rented costumes include the outfits for Lumiere, the candlestick; Cogsworth, the clock, Belle’s iconic yellow dress and Beast’s whole ensemble.

To make the most of the costume rentals, Gudahl said a photo booth will be set up in the commons area so people can have their picture taken with cast members after the show. Gudahl called it a meet and greet opportunity.

To say this year’s cast is big is in understatement. With 144 total participants, 97 on stage, 20 crew members and 27 pit members, Gudahl said almost 20 percent of the entire student body is participating.

“It is the most we’ve ever had. We’ve had more boys try out this year than ever before, too” Gudahl said.

She said the cast is a good mix of students in grades 7 through 12 and it’s also a decent mix of students trying out theater for the first time, as well as a number of veteran performers.

Gudahl said just a few years ago, Fairmont High School added a 7th and 8th grade play Typically the school has put on one musical each fall for grades 7 through 12 and a play in the spring for grads 9 through 12.

“We felt like the more we give …….

Source: https://www.fairmontsentinel.com/news/local-news/2021/11/13/beauty-and-the-beast-to-show-at-fhs/

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