“Beauty and the Beast” debuts Nov. 14

by marlys good

“Camelot,” “Annie,” “Working,” “The Music Man,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” … just a few of the plays performed in the past 23 years through the cooperation of Big Horn County School District No. 3 and the Greybull Fine Arts Council.

For the first time in 23 years, this year’s spotlight will be on “Beauty and the Beast,” a 1991 animated musical romantic fantasy produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. The show debuts Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the GHS auditorium. It will also be presented Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.

Director Ted Menke said, “I am not as familiar with this one. I’m probably more of a traditionalist; I like old, familiar ones”

Menke credited GHS/GMS music instructor Michael Jaycox for this year’s choice. “He took the lead on this,” Menke said. “He had seen it, liked it, found it for us and is very excited about it.”

While it wouldn’t have been Menke’s first choice, “Nobody had to bend my arm. The music is wonderful; it’s catchy, has got some fun stuff, lots of movement, lots of dance.”

With just a week to go before the opening curtain, Menke said things are finally coming together. “That’s the way it always works. There are always some who don’t have their lines down, who are involved in other activities — football, volleyball, swimming — you get down into the final week before you can get everyone together on one stage.”

Important components for the success of the musical include: Dorothy Molaskey of the Greybull Fine Arts Council and GMS librarian Teresa Boyer who have been designing the sets; Jennifer Stewart, who is in charge of costuming; with Susan Fox making sure the curtain opens and closes right on cue; and house manager Sandra Menke.

“Masters of the Music” include director Michael Jaycox; rehearsal pianist Marilyn McCoy; Kelli Hoblit, keyboard; John Henderson, trombone; Bob Leach, bass; Patrice Riley, flute; Michelle Anderton, clarinet; Oscar Garay on percussion and Bob Campos, trumpet.

Em Wilson is once again the choreographer with Dale Haller and Justin Wisehart the lighting and sound technicians respectively.

Tickets, at $7 apiece, are available at the Greybull High School office, the superintendent’s office, or can be purchased at the door.