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'Beauty and the Beast'

Costumes, orchestra to highlight Coffman production

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Coffman High School is going all out for its upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

A live orchestra, costumes modeled after the Broadway production and a large set design will be included in the production that will take the stage at 7 p.m. April 11-14.

A special princess matinee that includes “Brunch with Belle” will be held at 2 p.m. April 14. Children will get a chance to meet the student actors, take photos and have some breakfast.

Director Dan Stowell said costumes for the production are based on those used in the Broadway show and were rented or put together by “costume guru” Margie Neidecker and her daughter, Elise, with the help of volunteers.

“The two toughest shows (that) we’ve ever done for costuming are ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘My Fair Lady,’” he said, adding that he was lucky to have Neidecker’s help. “She is super nice and really organized.”

The show needs 400 to 500 costume pieces, Stowell estimated, and the set “is the biggest we’ve ever had.”

Sophomore Libby Jobe must contend with a large sugar bowl costume for the performance.

“It’s difficult because I can’t move from the knees down,” she said. “I smack into stuff.”

Anna Renner plays a knife and said doorways are a challenge.

“Doors are a mess,” she said. “I have a hard time recognizing boundaries.”

But both sophomores said the costume challenges are worth it.

“It’s so much fun. This is my favorite musical, my favorite Disney musical ever,” Jobe said. “Now I know the words for everything.”

“This is a classic for everyone,” Renner agreed. “I think a lot of people will enjoy it.”

For Renner, a first-time thespian, “Be Our Guest” is the best song in the show.

“Lumiere is my favorite character and the guy who plays him does great,” she said.

Because much of the audience will be familiar with the performance, Stowell said some extra elements were added, like actors in the audience.

“The director concept for the show is (that) 95 percent of the audience will have seen the movie,” he said. “We wanted them to see it in not just 3-D, but live 3-D to make them feel like they’re there.”

The show will also feature a student orchestra, providing music for the show.

“The spring musical is a big deal,” Stowell said. “We always have a live orchestra.”

Tickets to the show can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for students.

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