‘Beauty and the Beast’ debuts tonight


Anesa Nevzadi

Aiden Mendoz,Senior, (Beast), and Maggie Meagher, Senior(Belle) practice a scene in the play. Show times begin tonight at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Nicole Jones, Opinion editor

With the show choice being “Beauty and the Beast,” this musical may claim the hearts of many who watched one of the renditions in the past.
“We wanted to do something that would involve as many cast members, as many crew members, and pit as possible,” Nathan Rancatore said. With the pandemic, there hasn’t been a true musical since 2019, which encouraged the show to be able to include a large cast of students.
Along with this large cast, there will be two different cast groups that will be performing with two different students as Belle, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Babette, and Monsieur D’Arque.
“I’m most excited for opening night,” Maggie Meagher, one of the students cast as Belle, said. “I’m so excited to put the show together.”
“Beauty and the Beast” takes place in 18th century France with the protagonist Belle who is seen as a bit of an outcast. One day, unfortunate events lead Belle to explore a castle in the woods where she meets the Beast who is a prince that is under a spell for casting out an enchantress in disguise. Not only the Beast is affected, but many of his friends and servants were turned into inanimate objects like candles, clocks, and dressers. Later into the musical, Gaston, who sees Belle more as a trophy than a person, is preparing to invade the castle and kill the Beast in order to win Belle.
the show is being presented with more realism rather than a cartoon feel with characters like Mrs. Potts being more human rather than a head sticking out of an inflatable teapot costume. Noah Matl,junior is also doing his own part in making Gaston come to life.
“I started coming to the weight room more here but I do have an at-home gym, so I work out there as well,” Matl said.
Senior Taylor Rock is planning on watching it.
“I think our school is very good at pulling it all together and making it very cohesive,” Rock said. “The past few plays have been very good.”
Tickets for Plainfield Central students will be $6 and $8 for anyone else at the door. All tickets are general admission.