Nearly 100 Pickerington High School North students will perform in the school's first-ever production of Beauty and the Beast today through Sunday, April 18-21.
After taking over for longtime and renowned former PHS North Theater Department Director Margaret Lawson last year, current department Director Allen DeCarlo has sought to maintain his predecessor's measures of excellence while also making his own splash.
He's hopeful this week's production of Beauty and the Beast will accomplish both goals.
"I kind of wanted to create a name for myself, honestly, while keeping the standards of Margaret Lawson," he said.
"I wanted to do something big and showy ... and since they've never done Beauty and the Beast before, I thought this would be something new and different for Pickerington."
Approximately 90 North students -- including a cast of roughly 54, a crew of about 20 and a 15-member orchestra -- will present Beauty and the Beast in North's Performing Arts Center, 7800 Refugee Road.
Show times for today and Friday, April 18 and 19, will be 8 p.m.
There will be shows at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and the final performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21.
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children.
In addition to purchasing tickets at the door, depending on availability, they can be ordered by calling (614) 830-2750.
"It's a huge group," DeCarlo said. "Go big or go home."
In addition to the size of the production, DeCarlo said attendees will be wowed by the shows' sets, which were designed by Scott Skiles, a theater production teacher at North.
Further, he said the productions showcase his students' performance talents, particularly during Be Our Guest.
"This number is out of this world," DeCarlo said. "It is so showy and I've got amazing dancers. I've got great costumes.
"Be our guests for a magical evening."
Additional information about the upcoming performances of Beauty and the Beast also can be obtained by calling (614) 830-2750.