Thursday, November 28, 2013

One week until curtain call for Beauty and the Beast

One of the most anticipated of dates on the local theatre calendar is but a week away, as Alison O'Toole's Drama Department at Charles Hays Secondary School presents Beauty and the Beast.

Since the start of auditions in September, up to these last few rehearsals, the cast and crew have been working over their lines, finding their zone and making ready to take the stage in seven days.

Work on the props and background scenery has been a collective work at the high school, while a number of the school's most talented of  musicians work out the tunes to the challenging show from Disney.

Three months of work under the supervision of Artistic Director O'Toole, that all comes together one week from tonight, as the latest from Charles Hays takes to the stage at the Lester Centre.

The three months of work all coming down to two nights and a Saturday matinee, three shows that will tell the most familiar of tales, bringing the characters to life and putting the talented and always well prepared cast, crew and musicians to their test.

This year's performance features a cast of 31 performers, 11 students in the orchestra and a number of workers behind the scenes all working together to bring the show to the stage from December 5 to 7.

Showtimes for Beauty and the Beast are as follows:

Thursday, December 5 --- 7:30 PM
Friday, December 6-- 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 7-- 2 PM

The Northern View provided a good glimpse into the work involved in the production last week, you can review it here.

The annual performance from the highly regarded Charles Hays program always proves to be one of the hottest tickets in town, with seats getting snapped up rather quickly.

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are available in advance at the Lester Centre box office or at Cooks Jewellers.

Admission prices for the three shows are 10 dollars for seniors and students, 15 dollars for adults.

For those that wait until show time to purchase tickets there will be a surcharge of 2 dollars for tickets purchased at the door.

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