By Haley Earl and Annalise Ginocchi
“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” These words, spoken by Belle in Beauty and the Beast, capture the spirit that senior Zoey Angelucci hopes to portray as the lead in this year’s musical. When cast as the role, Angelucci knew she had to do something extra special for her final show because this musical has always been so close to her heart.
“Belle has been my favorite princess forever, so this has been a dream role for me, and being that it is my last time on the stage makes it even more special. The last six years have been the most enjoyable part of my high school experience,” she noted.
To promote the musical as well as to fundraise, Zoey organized a Royal Ball for elementary students this past January. “I reserved the gym and passed out permission slips at the elementary,” she explained. “I also bought crowns, cut the music, and got the danceline seniors together to make up a dance.” By far, Zoey’s favorite part of this special event was “seeing the kids happy and having fun with the princesses.”
The fun does not stop with Royal Ball, though. “We will be having two sessions of ‘Tea with Belle and Friends’ on Saturday, March 16,” Mrs. Kara Angelucci shared. “The session times are 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
“The event will begin with a tour of the stage where guests can meet and take photos in Beast’s castle with some of their favorite enchanted characters,” Angelucci said. “These characters will include Lumiere, Babette, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Madame De La Grande Bouche.”
The tea will also include meet and greet photo opportunities with Gaston, LeFou, Maurice, and the Silly Girls. Belle and Beast will also be there to meet their guests!
Tea, lemonade, and cookies will be served in the dining room by members of the castle staff.
“All of our young guests will be leaving with a souvenir,” Angelucci noted. “We are hoping to fill our dining room and make it a great experience for all!”
Everyone should mark their calendars for the weekend of March 15th to enjoy the talents of the committed cast. “The show really shows the dedication and hard work of the Shenango students through expressing their talents,” said Zoey.
Senior Hunter McQuiston plays the Beast. “I honestly am looking forward to right after the first show, even though everyone is ugly crying and sad. Everyone seems to forget about all the problems and issues they have with each other and they just love and support everyone around them,” claims Hunter.
Gaston, played by senior Nathaniel Medvit, is looking forward to ”putting together an outstanding show with outstanding performers and leaving my heart out on the Shenango stage for the last time.”
Follow Mrs. Leali’s advice and get don’t wait to get your ticket. “Since so many people are familiar with the story line of this show, come see how we make the cartoon magic come to life on stage,” she exclaimed. “This is such an enjoyable and family friendly show for all. Our costumes are beautiful and our castle will be quite impressive. Tickets are going to sell out quickly so don’t wait to get your seat!”