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Theater to offer spring musical

‘Beauty and the Beast’ set at EHS

ELKINS — It’s a tale as old as time. Elkins High School is bringing the beloved family musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” to the Elkins High School Theatre stage April 19-20.

This classical production was selected as an educational opportunity for the theater students of Elkins High, as well as providing the community with a fun-filled family outing.

“Beauty and the Beast” recounts the tale an arrogant young prince who, along with his servants, falls under the spell of a wicked enchantress. Belle, a spirited, headstrong village girl, finds herself amidst the castle’s inhabitants. She struggles to connect with the once prince, now cold-hearted Beast.

Currently, Elkins High School’s musical theater class is filled with more than 30 new and seasoned theater students. Together, the ensemble began tackling this beast of a musical in early January. Each day, students work together learning the art of stage techniques, acting, lighting design, public relations, costuming, props creation and more.

“I believe the students are excited to present their version of such a well-known popular, fun piece,” said Elkins High School Theatre teacher Matthew Taylor. “That said, there are high expectations that come with performing such a beloved production. I am proud of the work the students have been doing and look forward to presenting this show in April.”

In addition to learning the art of theater, students in this class have the opportunity to obtain a multitude of skills such as leadership, self-confidence and generally working outside their comfort zones. Many are even preparing individual pieces to compete with later this month at the State Thespian Competition.

“Beauty and the Beast” promises to be a delight for all. Elkins High School will presents the play at 7 p.m. April 19-20 in the Elkins High School Theatre located at 100 Kennedy Drive in Elkins.

“Beauty and the Beast” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Tickets are available by visiting www.ElkinsDrama.org or by calling 304-591-1142.