A narrative as previous as time. Pandemic as previous as 2019. it’s magnificence and the Beast, COVID-19 Fashion!
After a two-year hiatus attributable to circumstances, the Couchen Musical Society is “thrilled and honored” to come back again and current Disney’s Broadway hit musical, says society president and manufacturing supervisor Irwin Killam.
it has been a bit beast To get magnificence On stage, Killam admits.
“Performing arts are so important for some folks mentally and being darkish in theaters for therefore lengthy has had a profound impact,” she mentioned, as she tears up serious about the lengthy journey with the present and “Completely extraordinarily proud.” Solid and Crew” for his or her resilience and onerous work.
“We have labored very onerous to make a high quality musical and it is Disney so it is greater than a problem,” Killam mentioned. magnificence and the Beast The most effective promoting and rated music of all time. We’re certain the viewers will probably be delighted.”
Filled with native expertise, there’s an distinctive Grant Melmstrand, who has starred in a number of exhibits together with oliver and anothing goes,
Mellemstrand is just not solely taking up the integral position of Lumiere, however he has stepped in to direct the present for the reason that earlier director left.
“He’s a particularly gifted particular person and the actors are completely satisfied to work with him,” mentioned Killam. “He’s doing an unimaginable job. He is aware of the present very effectively and understands the complexity of each character and has introduced it to each actor.”
Jamieson Wickham can be featured within the manufacturing as Younger Prince/The Beast. He was final seen on the Couchen Musical Society Mama Mia! two years in the past
Already a part of 12 musicals in her profession, award-winning actress, dancer and singer Alora Killam has performed the position of Belle.
Belle’s father, Papa Maurice, is none aside from Graham Brockley, who is just not solely a health care provider, however an achieved award-winning singer. He was additionally the final on the stage two years in the past Mama Mia! and in addition performed the position of Curly within the group’s manufacturing Oklahoma,
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Conceited Gaston is performed by the Couchen schoolteacher, Jordan Heath. There are Simpleton, LeFou, Sam Melmstrand who’re something however easy.
“Not solely has he been in music, however has additionally represented Couchon Valley at BC Performing Arts Provincial for Voice,” mentioned Killam.
“Cogsworth the Clock is Jim Cleo, who not solely graces the stage for the musical, but in addition performs on the Mercury Theater,” mentioned Killam.
Additionally taking part in roles as objects within the citadel: Christine Fagan (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Amy Howie (Babe the Feather Duster), and the younger Theodore Perkins making her debut as Chip the Tea Cup.
And at last, doing double responsibility is Georgie Weeks Head, who not solely performs Mrs. Potts, but in addition takes over as head costumer.
“The costumes on this present are robust and elaborate and the Couchen Musical Society is extraordinarily grateful to Georgie and her group of sewers together with Wanda Chow, Jennifer Clue, who helped with the design,” mentioned Killam.
“The refrain consists of native expertise from singers, dancers, and actors who’ve labored extraordinarily onerous underneath the vocal path of Connie Mason,” mentioned Killam.
Choreography is by Andrea Wickham and Candace Ammerman, whereas the set is designed by Greg Perry with Cliff Bretton.
One of many first large-scale concert events to open throughout Canada, Killam hopes the neighborhood will rally “for much-needed help.”
“Now we have six exhibits, which is greater than normal, however that is as a result of I did not know what capability audiences can be allowed in once I booked the theatre,” Killam defined. “It’s harder to do extra exhibits financially as a result of the price is excessive and we actually must fill seats however the actors are completely satisfied as a result of it provides them extra probability to carry out.”
The present airs on January 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and on January 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. on the Couchen Performing Arts Middle.
The brand new COVID restrictions introduced this week will imply exhibits will run at half capability, so do not wait to get your tickets. Matinees are already offered out!
For tickets go to https://www.cowichanpac.ca/occasion/beauty-and-beast or name 250-746-2722.
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