The Edmond Sun

February 27, 2013

Choctaw students perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Audiences packed Choctaw High School’s Performing Arts Center nightly this past week to see “Beauty and the Beast,” a modern classic that ran on Broadway for more than 13 years.

This tale may be “As Old as Time,” but when produced and directed by Maryjane Burton and Justin Larman during the past few months, combined with unbelievable costumes, brilliant sets, excellent choreography and over-the-top music, it transformed into the biggest musical ever presented in Choctaw. Most of the cast, crew and orchestra are students from the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District.

“I almost forget that the cast was mostly kids,” said Shelba Pritchard after Saturday night’s performance. “What an amazing job they did. Keep up the great work.”  

This production of “Beauty and the Beast” delivers what you would expect from Disney entertainment — something for everyone and more.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1991. Although it did not win, the film earned Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Beauty and the Beast” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The book was written by Linda Woolverton. This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

There is still time to see this show, with three nightly performances remaining today, Friday and Saturday. The PAC’s Box Office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15 for reserved seating, and $8 extra for the March 2 dinner served promptly at 6 p.m.

For reservations or additional ticket information, call Pops or Debbie Rolland at 405-259-6855 or e-mail at rolland_beauty_beast@yahoo.com.