By Olivia Gallmeyer
The Western Albemarle Theatre Ensemble will present their next great musical showstopper, Beauty and the Beast, the classic story of looking past outside appearances to find true love within, March 12 – 15 at Western.
Directed by Caitlin Pitts, the show stars a cast of 55 talented children in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as a 15-student orchestra. Numerous more backstage volunteers, such as assistant directors Laura Barnes and Emma Gore, as well as the Western Albemarle Technical Theatre class, round out the group developing this musical masterpiece to nearly 100 students and parents.
With performances of classic songs such as “Be Our Guest” and “Home,” this show full of colorful costumes, charming characters, and fantastical special effects is sure to please children and adults alike.
Shows are Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are available in the WAHS main office, or online at ticketriver.com/event/14338. Prices for students and seniors are $6 in advance and $8 at the door, and $12 in advance and $14 at the door for adults. A charity benefit preview will be held March 12 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets for this performance are by donation.