Inner beauty

The Sonoma Valley High School production of “Beauty and the Beast,” the first Broadway musical ever adapted from an animated Disney film, opens March 1 at the Little Theatre on campus.

Under the direction of Jane Martin, Musical Director Emily Moore and Choreographer Meredith Regan, the student cast will perform March 8-10. The award-winning score includes memorable songs such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Be Our Guest” and “Home.”

The well-known story is based on the French fairy tale about a selfish prince who is transformed into a hideous creature (played by Gerald de Lara, Eugene La Haye and Buster La Haye). To break the spell and become human again, he must earn the love of a young woman (Ella Krikorian, Maya Smoot). Aiding his campaign, and adding some comedy to the mix, are his servants, also transformed: a clock (Daniel Dwyer, Skyler Trygstad); a teapot (Reagan Headley, Jacqueline Regan); and a candlestick (Sonia Krikorian, Maddy Libbey and Laura Amador).

The cast also includes Sean Hall and Adelid Hernandez as Gaston, and Joe Wilson as Belle’s father. The creative team includes: Janine Crowe, assistant director; Maya Smoot, set designer; Tracy Krikorian, Barbara Ciaponi, Janet Hanson and Kaylin Riebli, costume design; Jacquelyn Peterson, stage manager; Laura Tackett, production manager; and Tim Callan, props master.

Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays, March 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, March 3 and 10. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Advance tickets can be purchased in advance at Pharmaca, Reader’s Books and the school’s Student Activities Office.

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