Drama Club Presenting ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as Spring Musical

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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Drama Club members will showcase their acting, singing, and dancing skills while presenting the classic musical “Beauty and the Beast” at the Hatfield Hall Theater – the final production of the 2023-24 school year.

Disney magic will come alive this weekend as Rose-Hulman’s Drama Club tells the timeless classic musical “Beauty and the Beast” during four dazzling shows on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage. Performances are planned for Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. 

The production tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he’ll be transformed into his former self. If the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household of amusing characters will be doomed for all eternity.

Various technical, lighting, and fog effects – all adapted by Rose-Hulman students and staff members – along with dazzling professional-quality costumes will help create the “Disney Magic,” while helping to shape and tell the story, according to director Trevor Hanson.

Students whose acting, singing, and dancing talents are featured in the show include Mackenzie Hunt as Belle, Mason Reynolds as the Beast, Eric Sparks as Gaston, JT Emke as LeFou, Noah Blankman as Cogsworth, Aron Murnane as Lumiere, Maggie Witt as Babette, Sarah Allen as Mrs. Potts, Joci Faubert as Madame de la Grande Bouche (the Wardrobe), Lila Ward as Chip, Jonas Fleenor as Maurice, Frank LaMantia as Monsieur D’Arque, Dustee Forster as the Enchantress, Mindy Altschul as a young prince, and Lainie Lawrence, Camille Clark and Julia LaSala as the Silly Girls.

The show’s technical staff features Michael Compton as technical director, Jessica Becker as costume designer, Patti Willey as choreographer, and Anthony Dinkel as lighting designer. 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for attendees under 18 years old. Every patron must have a ticket, regardless of their age. Tickets can be purchased at hatfieldhall.com, by calling 812-877-8544, or visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket desk Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If still available, tickets also could be purchased at the ticket desk beginning one hour before the show. Please reach out to the ticket office if persons have any questions about the show’s content.