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Beauty and the Beast dance in Tiffin

The Beast (Joey Lepire) and Belle (Avery Anderson) dance during the CCA production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which ran Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Center, in Tiffin. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– True love and internal beauty won out over vanity and ego as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department performed the musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Center, in Tiffin.
Walt Disney’s animated adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s French fairy tale premiered in 1991 as a full-length feature film, later adapted as both a Broadway musical and a live-action film. The story centers on the relationship between Belle (Avery Anderson, a junior) and the Beast (Joey Lepire, a freshman). The Beast starts out as an arrogant prince transformed into a monster through a spell cast by an angry enchantress. The Beast must learn to love, and earn love before the final petal falls off a rose the enchantress left him. His servants were also victims of the spell, having been turned into household items. Their chance at returning to humanity rides on the Beast finding true love.
“It’s a great story,” Musical Director Tracy Williams said. “I love the story; it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, but it’s what’s in the heart.” The Disney classic is also a great family show, Williams said. “It’s got comedy, romance, danger, adventure… a little bit of everything.”
Tom Milligan designed the set and lighting, Deb Kennedy was the drama director and Fawn Boston-Halter handled the choreography. Paul Corbiere directed the pit orchestra, Olivia Randall was the costumer and Shay Parks was the stage manager.
The show was the final CCA production for seniors Connor Crozier (Cogsworth), Nicole Eckhardt (Ensemble), Seb Johanson (Ensemble), Kion Roy (Ensemble), Nicole Wichhart (Silly Girl No. 1), Fisher Williams (Gaston), Alyssa Woodward (Ensemble) and Will Zuber (Maurice).
Others in the cast included Marcus Emmel (junior, Lefou), Cole Sherman (junior, Lumiere), Brie Bevans (junior, Mrs. Potts), Mikayla Tackaberry (Babette), Laurel Preston (Madame De La Grande Bouche), Morgan Malli (Chip), Raina Henze (Monsieur D’Arque), Sam Scheetz (Silly Girl No. 2) and Macayle DeVore (Silly Girl No. 3). Sophia Rocca, Ginny Brechtel, Miranda Mason, Grant Versteegh, Claire Hruby, Susana Zierke, Amelia Keller, Laura Tse, Mallory Stanfield, Nathan Hooper, Faith Beranek, Noah O’Connell, Krystin Gist and Sage Helmke were in the Ensemble.
Andrew Swails, Connor Persels, Cristina Ciha, Victoria Ciha, Gavin Walters, Kaden White, Randal Mosier and Jackson Whitehead were on the sound and lights crew while Taylor Grefe, Mya Duncan, Audrey Bunten, Alexis Logsdon, Laura O’Brien and Ella Nelson were the backstage and costumes crew. Natalie Ritchie, Alyssa Woodward and Susana Zierke took care of hair and makeup while Sophia Rocca (posters) and Mary Pat Hanson (posters/programs) handled publicity for the show.