By: Brooke Janson (Correspondent)
Sharon High School Theater Company (SHSTC) is proud to present their glimmering adaptation of a tale as old as time: Beauty and the Beast.
At Sharon High, actors, directors, and all areas of production have been working hard to showcase a seamless fall musical. As always, every aspect of the show exceeds expectations and is close to perfection.
Jasmine Villaroel, a sophomore playing Belle, is excited to be involved with “an incredibly diverse cast bringing new ideas to a wonderful classic.”
She added that people should come see Beauty and the Beast because it is a beautiful exhibition of the incredible hard work and dedication of everyone involved.
Ms. Reardon, the show’s director, says that this show presents a challenge. “BATB is a fairy tale come to life. Doing a Disney show is daunting because the audience has clear expectations of what they want to see. Our challenge is to create our own version of this show while balancing between those expectations and bringing our own creative spin to it,” said Reardon.
Declan Hogan, the show’s stage manager, sees the potential of a talented group of individuals. “The theater company has grown as much in spirit as it has in numbers this year. With a sweeping income of freshman, we have a densely populated company full of compassion and creative drive,” said Hogan.
He added that in only a month and a half, everyone involved in the musical has become a family. Through trials and tribulations, they have bonded more than ever imagined.
This season marks a transition for SHSTC after the retirement of long-time English and theater teacher/director Sandra Dennis.
Mr. Waite, the advisor and technical director, has a goal to “continue to build on Mrs. Dennis’ legacy of amazing student-led, collaborative, and comprehensive art, while simultaneously modernizing and streamlining company logistics.”
Declan said that Mr. Waite, assistant director Ms. Gibbas, music director Mr. Brodeur and others have done a great job of leading the company since the departure of Mrs. Dennis.
Declan added that with all of the fresh ideas brought to the table by the new directing team, audiences can expect an incredible production of Beauty and the Beast which takes the stage from November 15th to 18th.