Tickets have gone on sale for the opening show of the 2018-2019 season of Theatricks and the children’s theater group wants people to be their guests at the Saturday through Sept. 16 showings of “Beauty and the Beast.”
The musical will show at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Riding on the coattails of last year’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” which sold out in three days, Theatricks expects “Beauty and the Beast” to sell out before the play ends its showings. Tickets are $14.
“Everyone remembers the Disney animated movie, but when they converted it for the stage, many of the characters were flushed out more by added songs and dance numbers, especially for the Beast which gives him more of a well-rounded feel,” Theatricks Director Webster Crocker said. “Maurice, Belle’s father, is also given a song that makes his character more prominent and builds on his relationship with his daughter. But it is the characters of Lumiere, Cogsworth and Chip that will entertain the younger audience members. It is just a good story about family and the choices one makes.”
The show has a cast of 41 and a choir of 26. The show also features an 11-piece orchestra. The orchestra is directed by Rom Bryson and the vocal director is Heidi Scheibmeir. Choreographers are Josh Harris and Amanda Pillow.
Taking on the role of Belle is Reagan Martin and her counterpart, The Beast, will be played by Harris, who also played this role in the show during the Theatricks 2005 production.
“At callbacks, she was the most expressive, animated in her gestures and movements, as well as could handle the songs,” Crocker said about the decision to pick Martin to play Belle.
Crocker also said that it was pretty easy to pick Harris for the role of The Beast.
“Josh is a great professional actor who is able to help bring the other characters around him up to the same level when they are performing with him,” Crocker said. “He is very expressive with his facial features and gestures. We thought about putting a mask on him, but realized how much it hid his wonderful character portrayal through his facial reactions, that we dropped the mask idea and just did it with makeup.”
Saturday before the show, individuals can have tea with Belle and other characters from 10 a.m. to noon. Individuals can come dressed in costumes and participate in activities. The cost is $10 per person at Binkley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 401 N. Elm, Sherman.
“This is my 30th season with Theatricks, and even though I might have done a play before like ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ it is always great to have the opportunity to think and create how I can do the show differently,” Crocker said. “But the most excitement I get from a Theatricks production is the opportunity to work with so many great and creative volunteers. SCP celebrating 70 years, and especially Theatricks have made a name for themselves in the community providing the best shows that this talented community provides.”
The young man and prince will be played by Conner Horsley and the Old Beggar Woman will be played by Elanor Goldsmith. Maurice is played by John Hill and Gaston will be played by Brian Linares. Hayden Smith will play Lefou, Brandon Wood will play Monsieur D’Arque, Luke Rostyne will play Cogsworth, Caleb Crocker will play Lumiere, Caroline Kellam will play Babette, Sylvia Rivers will play Mrs. Potts, Mattie Scheibmeir will play Chip, and Madame De La Grande Bouche will be played by Laura Hill.
Andrea Bryson, Emie Shaw, Kati Fortune, Allison Hill, Alivia Bryson, and Faith Horsley will play Silly Girls. Ensemble members are Jeannie Lyons, Julie Smith, Trent Schwartz, Ela Sweetin, Schaffer Sprinkle, Joseph Kasper, Marissa Brown, Brittani Crocker, Sebastian Murden, Rebecca Smith, Emma Crocker, Lydia Horsley, Kadence Massey, Joshua Williams, Nicholas Williams, Jacob Williams, Logan Shurtleff, Meagan Murden, Agnes Gunnels and Sophia Ortley-Guthrie.
The loft choir will be made up of Christianna Reynolds, Kevin Reynolds, Catherine Blevins, Abigail Blevins, Emmeline Blevins, Elijah Blevins, Ash Richardson, Darrick Conroy, Scott Horsley, Tammie Simms, Rebekah Bayless, Noah Bell, Cody Plumlee, Nicholas Plumlee, Lyla Plumlee, Miriam Scheibmeir and Zachary Smith.
For tickets to the show, call 903-892-8818 or go by the ticket window located on Mulberry Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase online, visit theatricks.org.