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Milwaukie-area show to feature extravagant costumes rented from Westview High School in Beaverton

La Salle Prep Theater will perform "Beauty and the Beast" for two weekends starting April 26.

"We are humbled and thrilled to have the chance to bring this story to the La Salle stage," said artistic director Michael Shelton. "'Beauty and the Beast' is a delightful, meaningful story about true love, who we really are, what really matters."

COURTESY PHOTO - La Salle Prep students Grace Winningham, Luke Wild and Alison Paguio perform a scene from Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast,' which will open April 26. Music teacher Otto Wild directs the vocals, and band director John Donnelly conducts the orchestra, which is composed of student and professional musicians.

Performers gave the La Salle community a sneak peek of the show during a recent assembly. The show will feature extravagant costumes, many of which were rented from Westview High School in Beaverton, the first high school in the country to perform "Beauty and the Beast" when rights were first made available to the public nearly 20 years ago.

"Costumes are hugely important to this show," Shelton said. "It's a Disney show about magic and love and enchanted castles. There is a lot of specific, story-driven detail, which needs to go into the costumes to allow for functionality within the story.

"For instance," he said, "the Wardrobe (Madame Grand de la Bouche) not only needs to look like a wardrobe, she needs to have dresser drawers that open and close as well as space within the drawers to store costumes, which she can pull out and offer to Belle, all while still maintaining movement and flexibility for the actor."

The show is being staged by dozens of student actors, directors, crew members and musicians with the support of a team of teachers, parent volunteers and professionals.

"Here at La Salle, we're blessed with talented and dedicated students who have poured themselves into this production," Shelton said. "I think the audience is going to be struck by the quality of the student designers and performers in this show."

In addition to the two-weekend run, there will be an "Enchanted Tea" party before the first Sunday matinee and an audience sing-along and costume party during the final matinee's intermission. Also, audience members at all shows can try to win prizes by jotting down in their programs the surprises they spot in the production.

Become enchanted

What: La Salle Prep presents "Beauty and the Beast"

When: 7 p.m. April 26, 27 and May 3 and 4; 2:30 p.m. April 28 and May 5

Where: 11999 S.E. Fuller Road, unincorporated Milwaukie

Special events: 12:30 p.m. April 28 Enchanted Tea Party will feature music, food, crafts, face painting and a chance to meet the characters. May 5 Costume Party/Sing-along, during intermission, is included with admission. Audience members in the best costumes will be invited onstage and given prizes.

Tickets: $12 ($10 students) for the play at lsprep.org. Enchanted Tea Party $24 ($22 student) includes show ticket.


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