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Be Our Guest: Tickets are on sale for Saint Viator’s Beauty and the Beast
Saint Viator High School proudly announces its 47th annual musical,
Beauty and the Beast
The most beautiful story ever told
February 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.
February 3 at 1 p.m.
February 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.
February 10 at 1 p.m.
*Tickets to the February 10 show are sold out.*
All tickets are $10
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Cast and Crew info
Jan. 25, 2013
It’s a tale old as time, but Saint Viator brings it to life: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will be the high school’s 47th annual musical, with performances beginning Feb. 1.
Two casts of nearly 100 students each contribute to the production, but it’s not enough. Director Kate Costello chose an adaptation of the 1991 film, she says, because of the deep talent pool she knew she had to draw from.
“This show is grander than most,” says Director Kate Costello. “It took not only staff and students to produce this Disney extravaganza, but an army of parent volunteers and friends.”
The theme was appealing, too.
“It’s timeless and universal,” Costello adds. “From the prologue on, we are reminded not to judge by appearances, “’for beauty is found within.’”
“Beauty and the Beast” incorporates a live orchestra, a full-scale set, vibrant costumes, and more than you’ll remember from the movie. The extravagant number "Be Our Guest," for instance. The film version lasts three and a half minutes. Saint Viator’s version runs nearly nine minutes, covering 40 pages of the score, and featuring the entire cast, who come out of the cupboards as enchanted objects to animate the song.
Senior Ryan Lavelle of Hoffman Estates and junior Ryan Wolfe of Arlington Heights share the role of Lumiere, who opens the song.
“We want it to be a showstopper,” Wolfe says. “If we nail it, than everyone should walk away from it with a smile on their face.”
Seniors Sara Fecko and Maddy Kelly, both of Arlington Heights, share the role of Belle. They are veterans of Saint Viator’s musicals, and accomplished vocalists, too; they’ve made the Illinois Music Educators’ Association District 7 choral festival the last two years.
“This is literally a dream come true for me,” Fecko says. “I’ve wanted to be Belle ever since I was a little girl, and wore her costume for Halloween for three straight years.”
Still, playing Belle drew on more of her acting talent than she originally thought, Fecko says.
“She changes so much during the course of the show,” Fecko says. “She goes from wanting more adventure to being locked up in a castle and then falling in love. There’s just a lot more characterization that goes into playing her.”
The two seniors playing the Beast, Danny Rooney of Inverness and Ryan Sevilla of Mount Prospect, are active in Saint Viator’s choral programs. At a recent rehearsal, both drew cheers after they sang the climactic song at the end of the first act, “If I Can’t Have Her.”
“We’ve been working on it,” says Rooney, who also qualified for the IMEA district choral festival this year. “It’s really the first time you see the emotional side of the Beast.”
Sevilla agrees, adding that he has enjoyed developing the many layers to the Beast that slowly peel away during the show.
“I’m enjoying playing a bit of a darker role,” says Sevilla, who leads his own rock band out of school. “It gives you more leeway to be angry, passionate and emotional.”
Balancing the seriousness of the Beast is the boorish and egotistical Gaston, played by junior Park Simonaitis of Inverness and senior David Vitale of Elk Grove Village.
“I’m still trying to balance the guy that everybody hates and still have fun with it,” Simonaitis says of his first star turn.
Gaston’s sidekick, LaFou, brings a pair of redheads to the role, in junior Matt Yoder of Buffalo Grove and sophomore Mike Scully of Arlington Heights.
“He’s a good contrast to Gaston,” Scully says. “He’s his goofy sidekick, so you get all the laughs and just get to be the comedian of the show.”
Yoder, a defensive lineman on Saint Viator’s football team, agrees.
“It’s a lot of slapstick humor,” Yoder says. “You have to be able to take a hit.”