• 'Beauty and the Beast' on Chrisman stage

  • Shelby Bell was ecstatic when she learned of William Chrisman high School’s fall production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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  • Shelby Bell was ecstatic when she learned of William Chrisman high School’s fall production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
    One of the her favorite movie musicals, Bell was excited to play the lead role of Belle, a heroine who is polite but strong-willed when she needs to be.
    “She has attributes that I see in myself,” said the William Chrisman junior. “It is an exciting show and one that everyone knows. It is fun to see people’s different takes on the characters, and it has a wonderful story.”
    “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the 1991 Disney movie, which at the time was the only animated film to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The musical focuses on Belle, who finds her way to the Beast’s enchanted castle. Befriended by the Beast’s servants, who have all been changed into household objects as a result of an enchantress’ spell, she captures the Beast’s heart.
    “Beauty and the Beast” is at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at William Chrisman High School, 1223 Noland Road. Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the door.
    “This was suggested to me by one of our music teachers who is retiring,” said Kimberly Hayes, theater director at William Chrisman. “He really wanted to do it, and as I started looking at our students this year, I realized we had the people to do the parts. They are doing really well with it and we are ready for an audience.”
    Junior David Sampson plays The Beast, an angry, sad and resentful man who was changed into a Beast because of his past transgressions. Sampson said his biggest challenge is also what he likes most about the character, being angry and yelling at everyone.
    “I am not an angry person, so being an angry character is a lot of fun,” he said. “My favorite scene is the one where I am yelling at Belle to come to dinner. It is the easiest to be my character because I am angry with Belle and have all the other characters around to react to. It is a fun scene.”
    Senior T.J. Godding plays Lumiere, the man-turned-candlestick who is the biggest flirt in the castle. Godding said the character has been easy to adapt to because Lumiere’s personality is similar to his own, but there have been challenges.
    “The costume has been difficult. Parts are itchy and the candles (on his hands) keep getting damaged. But it has been a fun character to play,” he said. “I like ‘Be Our Guest’ the best because it is my main musical number. The audience will enjoy the experience and see that we have had a great time putting this together. It is a great time on stage.”

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