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Gaston played by Roman Romero (center) performs with the Silly Girls RubyTalavera, Eryka Rubio, and Skyla Wincher onstage during Thursday’s opening night of the Manteca High School Theatre producti...

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POSTED March 28, 2014 1:30 a.m.

As Mrs. Potts, Kassidy Klinesmith performs the beloved title song of ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.’

This spring musical of the Manteca High Theater Department was also a hit Broadway musical.

“We’ve been working on it since January but (the play) is more of our spring sport,” said drama instructor and director Dawn Coyan.

The MHS production has plenty of behind-the-scene folks who make it happen, including Tom Coyan and Mary Monaghan – she also served as the musical director and vocal coach – on keyboards, and Bob Stover on drums and percussions.

Megan Gonzales is Belle, a young woman from a provincial town. She lives with her father Maurice (Alberto Cervantes), who, fleeing from wolves, stumbles into a castle occupied by the Beast.

Michael Huckaby is prince-turned-beast under the spell by the Beggar Woman / Enchantress (Daniela Barba). He, Dawn Coyan and Dakota Donaldson worked with the choreography.

Opening night for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was Thursday at the MHS Mulvihill Theater, 450 E. Yosemite Ave. Performances are scheduled for today (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m. & 4 p.m.). Cost is $8 adults, $6 students.

Most of today’s students grew up with the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature and are familiar with many of the songs.

In Act I, the first big number is the ‘Belle’ as performed by Gonzales and the Villagers. The other big song and dance numbers include ‘Gaston’ – Roman Romero plays the vain and rude local hero, and his joined by sidekick LeFou (Trevor Rafatti) – and ‘Be Our Guest.’

The latter has the unforgettable castle characters of Cogsworth (Joey Foster), Lumiere (Donaldson), Babette (McKenna Balmut), Mrs. Potts (Klinesmith), and Chip (Madii Siebel-Perry). They’re joined by the singing and dancing Flatware-spoons, the Flatware-forks, Napkins and Bog Singers.

Many in this group are also part of the Act II number, ‘Human Again.’

As Belle, Gonzales is the one that finds a change in her affection towards the Beast (Huckaby), who eventually learns to be loved. In doing so – spoiler alert – he has the curse lifted and is transformed back to his former self as the prince.

Ditto that for Cogsworth, Lumiere, Babette, Mrs. Potts and the rest of the castle characters.

More information on the play can be obtained by calling Dawn Coyan at 209.858.7340.


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