Midland High’s “Beauty and the Beast” takes the stage this weekend

It’s a story as old as time, but still loved for generations.

The Midland High theater club will present its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast”, this weekend.

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a show for all ages and we are very excited to bring it back to the stage here in Mid-Michigan,” said director Megan Cummins.

Cummins explained that this production, while hosting familiar characters, focuses more on the storybook aspect of the musical. The set and costumes were created by the theater club members and their parents, which makes them truly unique. Deanna Danner, Bonnie Maslowski and Leeza Bacon worked on the costumes while Cara Baker, production designer, focused on building a fantastic set.


“They are individualized creative conceptions of what these enchanted objects, wolves and citizens, should look like. It’s familiar ground with a special MHS Drama twist, ”Cummins said.

As the theater club returns from a two-year hiatus, it has brought some new faces both on stage and backstage.

Cummins commented on how the students helped each other by making rehearsal pieces and practicing together outside of regular rehearsals. As a director, she is proud to see students with little or no theater experience gain confidence through rehearsal.

“The students are all focused on making the show as magical as possible,” Cummins said. “Above all, I am proud of how the students are working together to create a production they can be proud of.”

“Beauty and the Beast” will perform at 7pm on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April, and at 2pm on Sunday 10 April at the Central Auditorium. Tickets cost $ 12 for adults and $ 8 for students and can be purchased at centralauditorium.ludus.com or at the door.


One of the newcomers to the cast is freshman Trevor Murphy who plays Chip, one of Belle’s companions in the Beast’s castle. Murphy took drama lessons during his first semester at Midland High and learned to love the camaraderie of the cast and the extravagant aspects of “Beauty and the Beast.”

“I really like theater,” Murphy said. “I love improvisation, I love pantomime, I love monologue, I love stage work. It was so much fun. When I saw Midland High’s “Hello Girls” winter show, I really enjoyed myself and knew that was where I needed to be.

Chloe Vandenbossche, a young girl, plays the heroine of the story, Belle. Although she has already been on stage at the Midland Center for the Arts, this marks her first starring role.

“When I was younger, (Belle) was my first favorite princess,” Vandenbossche said. “I also enjoyed reading. I was really excited to have the opportunity to be in this show. “

Remaining cast members are Audrey Applegate, Caedmon Applegate, Grace Armstrong, Allison Terrance Behrens, Brandt, Alexandria Bressette, Emma Brown, McKinley Danner, Gwyneth Dehmel, Sydney Grabinski, George Hageage, Brooklyn Jones, Lilly Kyro, Eli Liberman, Erik Liberman , Katie Maloney, Molly Maloney, Rylee Marshall, Leif Maslowski, Rori McCubbin-Green, Mitchell McMath, Quinn McMath, Lana Michels, Lawrence Millward, Stanton Millward, Bri Moline, Hannah Monville, Jey Palmer, Joceyln Perez, Bryn Pierce, Abby Price , Haley Read, Cody Ridder, Grace Robinson, Sam Rosin, Emily Schulz, Myah Shelton, McKenna Spindler, Maxwell Teal, Olivia Vidergar, Macie Ward and Aiden Weaver.

“Beauty and the Beast” will perform at 7pm on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April, and at 2pm on Sunday 10 April at the Central Auditorium. Tickets cost $ 12 for adults and $ 8 for students and can be purchased at centralauditorium.ludus.com or at the door.

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