It’s a ‘Beast’ to bring classic Disney tale to the high school stage

March 3, 2015

Between its Golden Globe-winning turn on the silver screen and its 13-year run on Broadway, the story of “Beauty and the Beast” is familiar to audiences around the world.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

That’s the challenge for the Issaquah High School performing arts department when it brings the musical version of “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage five times in four days this week.

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Issaquah drama program hosts fundraiser

February 3, 2015

Life is a cabaret for Issaquah High School drama students.

The school’s drama program has found a creative way to raise funds for its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Students, and some staff members, will perform in a fundraiser cabaret Feb. 5 and 6.

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Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’

March 25, 2014

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s got this year.

While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.”

That means Woodman, who teaches art and drama at the school, needs a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance.

By Neil Pierson Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

By Neil Pierson
Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

“It’s a big undertaking,” she explained. “High school has some advantages that middle school doesn’t have, and that has to do with kids who can sew and help make costumes, kids who can help make sets. We have to depend upon the parents to help do everything.”

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