By Michele Kinsey—
Muncie, Indiana – The Muncie Civic Theater kicks off the 2022-23 season with “Stories from the Past.”
“Guests” of all ages are invited to “Beauty and the Beast” on the Main Stage from August 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 and September 1-4. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, and the Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 PM.
“Beauty and the Beast” is based on the much-loved animated feature film and tells the story of Belle, a young woman from a provincial town, and the Beast, who thanks to a wizard’s spell truly becomes a young prince. If the Beast manages to learn to love and be loved before time runs out, the curse will end and the Beast will transform into his original self.
For Isaac Denniston, becoming the music director for this show is a Disney dream come true.
“Disney music such as ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and other similar movie scores are what made me want to be a music director,” Denniston said. “I still remember when I was little, holding a pencil and standing on a springboard, directing songs from this show and other Disney music. Now I can do that in real life.” !
Karin Melham, who played “Belle” in the musical, is also a big fan of “Beauty and the Beast.”
“‘Beauty and the Beast’ is one of the most beautiful stories in timeless music,” she said. “I’m definitely a huge Disney fan, but I’ve admired this character since I was a little girl. Whether it’s on screen, on Broadway, or in the backyard, it’s the same role in every actor’s mind.” It’s always been a dream to be able to do that.”
This is the first time Conor Johnson will be on stage in a Civic. Challenge the “arrogant and selfish” “Gaston”. “This experience really felt like living in a dream,” he said. “Like magic roses and talking furniture, the journey was overwhelming and enduringly captivating.”
The show’s director, Laura Williamson (who is also Civic’s executive director), created a “family” among the cast and crew.
Denniston said the best part of the experience was “watching different ages, races and personalities come together to become a three-month family. I went to clubs with people and stood in the middle.”
Meram agreed. “With the singing, dancing, big lights and all the magic of theater, it’s a spot for everyone,” she said.
“[The best part has been] I’m looking not only at the formation and growth of families, but also at being included in them,” Johnson said. “These are some of the best people I’ve cast, both character and ‘character. ”
Melham said he wanted the audience to “feel the emotion and dedication that this cast, crew and orchestra spontaneously created.”
Of course, that and the magic of Disney.
For tickets and more information, call (765) 288-PLAY or visit www.munciecivic.org.
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