The cast of Skaneateles High School Drama Club’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” rehearse the musical number “Be Our Guest.”
The musical has been a positive experience for many. “A lot of friendships have already formed from working on this production,” Payne said.
The Skaneateles drama productions, a play in November and the musical in late winter, are known for being high-quality
“It’s not your typical high school show,” Kringer said. “They are very talented kids with a high level of commitment and we spend a lot of time on scenery, costumes and makeup too.”
Rehearslas were held in December and two-and-a-half hour rehearsals for the play started in the first week of January. The group has also rehearsed on a few Saturdays as opening night approaches.
The students have also had the benefit of working with Bradley Benjamin on choreography for the dance numbers. Benjamin, a 2001 graduate of Skaneateles High School, has appeared in productions on Broadway and in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Benjamin often comes back to Central New York to hold workshops or to volunteer with local schools. She is also helping with the middle school’s upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid.”
The school productions typically cost between $10,000 and $20,000 accounting for the set, props, costumes, makeup and royalties the school must pay to be able to perform the Disney script and songs. Despite the costs,0 the drama club is self-funded with ticket sales covering all expenses, Kringer said.
Tickets to the show are $8 for students, $10 for adults and are available by calling 291-2296. Tickets will be available on the day of the shows, but everyone is encouraged to buy them ahead of time since the showings could sell out.
Editor’s note: Maria Norris, a senior at Skaneateles High School, contributed reporting to this story. Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.