Grandview Heights High School will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" as its spring musical March 5-7.

Grandview Heights High School will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" as its spring musical March 5-7.

The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. each evening in the high school auditorium, 1587 W. Third Ave. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. March 7.

Reserved seat tickets costing $10 are now on sale and are available for pick-up in the high school office or at will-call on performance nights. Both reserved and general admission tickets can be purchased by following the instructions on the order forms sent to all parents with children in the district.

General admission tickets at $8 and are now on sale in the high school office. Call Teresa Clayotn at 481-3620 for more information. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door.

GHHS vocal music teacher Andrew Grega said he selected "Beauty and the Beast" as this year's musical "because I saw so many possibilities with the students we have right now.

"I knew we had the ensemble that could handle the music."

Students are familiar with the songs, since "Beauty and the Beast" is based on the classic Disney animated film, he said.

"They all grew up with the movie version," Grega said. "Our students are always enthusiastic about the musical each year, but I think they're particularly excited this year because they know these songs so well.

"I was a little worried they might have some trouble with the harmonies because they are so familiar with the melodies, but that hasn't been a problem," he said. "This production has really come together well."

Laura Jewell, who portrays Belle, the "Beauty" of the title, said working on this production has been particularly fun "because it's so familiar.

"But there's a lot of pressure, too, because everyone knows the characters and the music so well," she said.

Jewell said she has tried to put her own stamp on Belle and not be too influenced by how the character was portrayed in the movie.

"I really love this musical because I like the message that real beauty lies within you," she said.

The Beast is portrayed by Caleb Baker.

"I think he's a really interesting character in the play. In the movie, he's more of a stagnant character," Baker said. "He's got far more depth as a character in the play."'

The musical will have appeal to all ages, he said.

"It's going to be cool to see all the little kids out in the audience excited to see all these they know," Baker said.

Grega said he is hopeful that unlike last year, bad weather does not keep people from seeing "Beauty and the Beast."

A snowstorm last year forced the postponement of the Friday and Saturday night performances of "Li'l Abner," and the loss of the big crowds that turn out on weekend nights, he said.

"We learned from last year, so we have set up some calamity days just in case," Grega said.

If bad weather hits, the possible calamity days and performance times are Sunday, March 8, at 3 and 7 p.m.; and Monday March 9 and Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

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