Vandalia area fans of the Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast” will get to enjoy their favorite scenes and songs when Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School students perform a musical of the same name this Friday-Saturday, April 10-11.
The two Act musical with a 30 minute intermission features several students in key roles.
Some of the cast, which is around 25 total students, includes:
“Mrs. Potts”-Janie Swarthout
“Bimbette” Katelyn Allen
“I don’t know where I’d be without my high schoolers,” said Advisor and Director Jenniffer Hanson. “Their talent and singing level floor me every time they sing. This has been a very big project.”
The crew has been practicing nearly every day for the musical since mid-February.
It’s the first large play/musical in nearly 10 years at the district.
Hanson selected “Beauty and the Beast” because it was her favorite and students at the beginning of the year listed it among their top choice as well.
Hanson watched Hannibal High School perform the same musical in November.
From there, she began her research on how to get costumes for a play featuring many unique and complex Disney characters.
While Hannibal had rented expensive costumes from a professional company, she then learned that Odessa High School made their own for the musical three to four years ago.
Odessa High agreed to rent out costumes to Van-Far for their production.
Hanson said she added a few characters and costumes to the collection.
She said she’s had a lot of help from Kay Bunge and Alex Cucciarre on the musical.
Becky Berry and Jennifer Young have helped Hanson with the set designs. A first dress rehearsal was held last Thursday and more will be held on the days leading up to the performance dates. An Act I performance will take place on Friday in front of the entire student body.
Hanson said she hopes this week’s musical will be the start of a speech and drama program at Van-Far.
Hanson isn’t a stranger to musicals as she participated in drama programs while attending high school and while attending Central Missouri State University.
The Friday performance starts at 6 p.m. while Saturday’s musical begins at 5 p.m.
Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Those children ages 3 and under get free admission.