Students bring ‘tale as old as time’ to Cherokee stage
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Cherokee High seniors Nik Griffo, left, Shelby Bercegeay, center, and Emily Jackson portray Lumiere, Babette and Mrs. Potts, respectively, while singing ‘Human Again’ during a rehearsal for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Cherokee High School on Tuesday. <br> Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Cherokee High seniors Nik Griffo, left, Shelby Bercegeay, center, and Emily Jackson portray Lumiere, Babette and Mrs. Potts, respectively, while singing ‘Human Again’ during a rehearsal for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Cherokee High School on Tuesday.
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Seniors Sara Stanton and Elias Muñoz portray Belle and the Beast during a rehearsal for ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ at Cherokee High School on Tuesday.
Seniors Sara Stanton and Elias Muñoz portray Belle and the Beast during a rehearsal for ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ at Cherokee High School on Tuesday.
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The Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” is Cherokee High School’s spring musical and features the talents of 30 students, including 15 seniors.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cherokee High’s auditorium.

There will be a Character Meet and Greet 30 minutes before each show. Tickets for this separate event are limited and must be purchased ahead of time as backstage passes through the drama group’s website, www.cherokeeplayers.com.

“This will be the final Cherokee Players production for 15 seniors. Don’t miss seeing these incredibly talented seniors perform,” said the group’s spokesperson, Julie Isom.

Adapted from the Academy Award-winning animated film, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the show is perfect entertainment for the entire family, Isom said.

The show is produced and directed by Leia Taylor, with vocal direction by Brad Ellis, Cherokee High choral director, and Mark Segall, a science teacher at Cherokee. Live music will be provided by members of the award winning Band of Warriors, under the direction of Garrick Cheyne, CHS band director.

“The heart-warming ‘tale as old as time’ is the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a ‘small, provincial town,’ and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under a spell,” Isom said. “If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved in return before his magical rose wilts away, the spell will be broken, and he will be transformed back to his former self.”

Time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity, she said in the release.

The unforgettable musical score includes the Academy Award-winning title song and the show-stopping “Be Our Guest,” plus additional songs written especially for the stage.

Tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the box office 45 minutes prior to performance time or can be purchased online at www.cherokeeplayers.com.

Participation in the Meet and Greet is $10 per person and includes a photo with favorite characters. Photos will be available for pickup after each performance.

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