The Highland Players will present the musical, “Beauty and the Beast” Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium at 4150 Ridge Road. In addition, there will be a matinee performance Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., after which a luncheon, catered by Dominic’s Restaurant, will be served in the cafeteria. Luncheon prices are $6 a person, with children 3 and under free. Diners will be visited by costumed cast members.
Emily Miller is directing the well-known play, starring juniors Annie Mizner as Belle and CJ Haberny as Beast. Chris Ilg is music director and Rachel Gamin is pit orchestra director.
Belle, an intelligent young woman, is dissatisfied by life in her small French town where she is ridiculed for being a bookworm and is constantly fighting off the affections of good-looking and perversely conceited Gaston (Nathan King).
When her inventor father, Maurice (Tom Fulton) gets lost in the woods, he comes across an enchanted castle where he is taken prisoner by a prince-turned-beast. When Belle finds her father, she offers to take his place as prisoner to set him free.
The castle’s enchanted objects, Lumiere the Candlestick (Dan deGroh), Cogsworth the Clock (Ben Wolgamuth), Mrs. Potts (Mackenzie Kastelein), Babette the Feather Duster (Amy Prokop), the Wardrobe (Abbey Martin), Chip the Teacup (Dylan Baun/Michael Stupecki) and other assorted flatware and kitchen accessories try their best to create a lovely atmosphere where Belle and Beast can fall in love and break the spell.
Tickets for all performances are $8. Children 3 and under are admitted free. For tickets or for more information, please contact Barb Killeen at 330-239-1901, ext. 5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.