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Skaneateles HS drama prepares 'Beauty and the Beast'

The cast of Skaneateles High School Drama Club’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” rehearse the musical number “Be Our Guest.”

The cast of Skaneateles High School Drama Club’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” rehearse the musical number “Be Our Guest.”

There are posters everywhere and even a big sign was put up along Route 321. It’s that time of year again. The high school musical is approaching.

The Skaneateles High School Drama Club will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” next week. There will be five performances of the musical this year starting Thursday Feb. 28. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday and Sunday.

Due to high demand for tickets in recent years, the drama club decided to add a matinee on Saturday this year for the first time, director and music teacher Mickey Kringer said.

Though the school productions are popular every year, Kringer said “Beauty and the Beast” should be a big hit with people of all ages this year.

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Lori Ruhlman

Matt Payne, as the Beast, in full makeup.

The musical is a theatrical adaptation of the 1991 Disney animated movie of the same name, which won Academy Awards for best song and best original score, in addition to becoming the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. The songs and dialogue are largely the same, so kids who have seen the movie will be able to follow along easily with the musical and enjoy themselves, Kringer said.

Not only will they enjoy the show, but many young kids will come dressed in costumes, a practice that Kringer wholeheartedly supports. “Wear your favorite princess outfit for this one,” he said.

The musical stars Allie Hagen as Belle, Matt Payne as the Beast, Jeffrey Kringer as Gaston. The production has a cast and crew of more than 100 students including a pit orchestra directed by orchestra teacher Karen Veverka.

Payne, a junior, said he still remembers how he felt when he heard he got the role of Beast: “Ecstatic, super-excited. It took a couple of days to set in.”

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