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Above: Fairmont Excessive College college students rehearse for his or her upcoming present, “Magnificence and the Beast” contained in the Performing Arts Heart. Beast and Belle are performed by Hudson Artz and Jaelyn Pierce. Within the backside left nook are Trey Tumbleson, Craig Gates II, Bekah Landsteiner and Grace Miller.

FAIRMONT– Fairmont Excessive College invitations you to “Be Our Visitor” at its upcoming musical performances of “Magnificence and the Beast.” The present kicks off subsequent week with viewings Wednesday by Saturday.

Director Sara Gudahl stated they needed to go all out this 12 months, particularly after lacking a efficiency final 12 months. For the autumn of 2020, Gudahl stated that they had a musical deliberate, each a small solid and enormous solid.

“We have been 10 days from opening when the college went into full distance studying so each acts have been cancelled. We have been bummed. We by no means bought to carry out it,” Gudahl stated.

Final 12 months they have been going to do “Alice in Wonderland” and Gudahl stated they didn’t attempt it once more this 12 months as a result of that they had particularly solid the present primarily based on voices and folks that they had in final 12 months’s senior class.

“We felt prefer it was higher to start out contemporary,” she stated.

Gudahl shared how they got here to determine on “Magnificence and the Beast.”

“We needed a giant quantity to carry folks again to the theater. We needed one thing folks knew and acknowledged.”

She stated the college has achieved “Magnificence and the Beast” earlier than, in 2005, however she thought it was an excellent time to carry it again.

In watching the scholars rehearse, two large issues are obvious straight away: The costumes and the dimensions of the solid.

“We rented from an organization this 12 months. Typically we outsource or make every little thing, however the enchanted objects are simply so essential in order that they wanted to be good,” Gudahl stated.

She stated simply 14 costumes have been rented and the remaining have been outsourced. Rented costumes embody the outfits for Lumiere, the candlestick; Cogsworth, the clock, Belle’s iconic yellow gown and Beast’s complete ensemble.

To benefit from the costume leases, Gudahl stated a photograph sales space might be arrange within the commons space so folks can have their image taken with solid members after the present. Gudahl referred to as it a meet and greet alternative.

To say this 12 months’s solid is large is in understatement. With 144 whole members, 97 on stage, 20 crew members and 27 pit members, Gudahl stated nearly 20 p.c of the complete pupil physique is taking part.

“It’s the most we’ve ever had. We’ve had extra boys check out this 12 months than ever earlier than, too” Gudahl stated.

She stated the solid is an effective combine of scholars in grades 7 by 12 and it’s additionally an honest combine of scholars attempting out theater for the primary time, in addition to a variety of veteran performers.

Gudahl stated only a few years in the past, Fairmont Excessive College added a seventh and eighth grade play Sometimes the college has placed on one musical every fall for grades 7 by 12 and a play within the spring for grads 9 by 12.

“We felt just like the extra we give our seventh and eighth graders, we preserve them curious about eager to be a part of it. We wish to gentle a fireplace for theater within the youngsters and preserve them coming again,” she stated.

Auditions have been held the second week of faculty this 12 months. Gudahl stated it’s such a giant present that they knew a head begin was wanted. The solid has been working towards 4 nights every week, sometimes from 6:30 to eight:30 p.m., although she stated they work round completely different work, church, sport and exercise schedules.

Gudahl stated she’s grateful for the 11 adults serving to out with set design, lights, pit, vocals, choreography, make-up and costumes,

“The district has been so supportive of this system and serving to us to develop it,” Gudahl stated.

The present may have a gentle opening on Tuesday, with a morning efficiency for elementary faculty college students.

“Wednesday is our first official present. Doorways open for senior residents at midday and the present is at 12:30. It’s free to any senior in the neighborhood. I all the time inform the youngsters to ask their grandparents. We’d like to see them,” Gudahl stated.

On Thursday night, the 7:30 p.m. efficiency might be live-streamed. Nonetheless, Gudahl stated it gained’t be recorded or obtainable to observe any time apart from that, as per Music Theater Worldwide guidelines. She stated it will enable individuals who don’t really feel snug watching it in individual view it, in addition to relations who could dwell out of city.

On Friday there’s additionally a 7:30 p.m. efficiency and Saturday’s continues to be up within the air, relying on how the Fairmont Soccer Group does at present. If the crew advances, there might be a matinee efficiency at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. If the crew doesn’t advance, there might be a 7:30 p.m. efficiency on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior residents and free for college kids. Annual passes are accepted. The musical options 12 full-length songs and a variety of reprises. The overall run time needs to be about two hours with a 15 minute intermission

Gudahl is happy to see the present come to life. She shared why she thinks that performing is one thing college students ought to expertise.

“There’s one thing in regards to the arts. It’s so completely different from teachers and athletics. The ability of the phrases and music alone is life-changing, however then the collaboration that it takes to drag one thing like this off is one thing you gained’t discover wherever else,” Gudahl stated.

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