‘Beauty and The Beast Jr.’

Tale as old as time — with a youthful twist

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Katelyn Ganzevele, 14, of Fort Dodge, front, performs at a recent rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast Junior at First United Methodist Church Thursday night.

Stage Door Productions is going big this year. The annual youth musical will feature a cast of 85 as it brings the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” to the Fort Dodge stage.

With young performers from kindergarten all the way up through 12th grade, directors have had to rely on careful scheduling, said Shelly Bottorff, president of Stage Door Productions.

“The directors Kim Keller and Megan Cassidy have done a good job of scheduling kids,” Bottorff said. “This is their second year directing, and they are a really good team.”

Choreography is by Becky Harfst.

“My ultimate goal is to help as many students as possible have a positive performance experience, and the heart of that experience is teamwork,” Keller said. “Working with a large group a challenge, but the older kids set a wonderful example for the younger ones.

“Sophia Carlson is not only a terrific performer, she takes time at each practice to help the youngest in our cast find their spots and stay focused; that’s the type of team work and positive attitude that ultimately makes this program successful.”

Stage Door’s goal is to provide theater experience at an early age, and for their summer musical, they didn’t turn away anyone who auditioned, Bottorff said.

“In the past Stage Door has done two shows. They’ve done an elementary, K-6 show, then a 7-12 show each summer,” she said. “We had a lot of success with that for a while, then we had a summer where it dipped in numbers and we got nervous.

“So we thought, there are definitely advantages to putting all the ages together. We don’t have twice the venue rent, we don’t have twice the light fee.

“It can be up to $10,000 just to put on one of these kids shows.”

The cast and leaders have to be flexible with the large cast.

“Kim and Megan had the good idea of splitting the chorus,” Bottorff said.

The villagers and the enchanted “objects” within the castle, played by the same actors in a normal show, here are all individuals.

“I don’t believe they double-casted anything this year,” she said. “The kids probably won’t see the whole show in its entirety until the week before.”

Stage Door Productions presents ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

7 p.m. July 20

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. July 21

Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 children;

available at the door or at First American Bank and the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Gallery.

For more information visit facebook.com/stagedoorfd

‘Beauty and The Beast Jr.’ — the cast and crew

Beast — KeVon Edwards

Belle — Hallie Ehn

Maurice — Bo Tracy

Gaston — Alex Dohrn

LeFou — Grace Casciato

Lumiere — Brett Thompson

Cogsworth — Brady O’Brien

Mrs. Potts — Malaney Butrick

Babette — Claire Asay

Madame De La Grande Bouche — Miranda Finegan

Chip — Corban McHone

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress/Enchanted Castle — Jessica Jordison

Monsieur D’Arque — Carson Kahler

Narrators — Katelyn Ganzeveld, Kylie Reed, Mya Neverman,Nathan Graves, Isabel Beekman, Wyatt Merseal

Silly Girls — Group one — Ashley Hendrickson, Rylie Reed, Jordan Kenyon

Silly Girls — Group two — Ella Champagne, Molly Laird, Manuela Rodriguez

Aristocratic Lady (Soloist Role) — Jillian Leman

Fish Man — Jackson Meyer

Egg Girl — Alexa McHone

Baker — Madelyn Nelson

Sausage Curl Girl — Allison Jordison

Lady with a cane — Madison Carmody

Lady with baby — Sarah Lindstrom

Candle Man — Mackenzie Lambert

Hat Seller — Kate Tyre

Milkmaid — Briley Singer

Shepherd Boy — Arthur Lund

Book Seller — Braden Kamerer

Butcher — Wesley Kraushaar

Villager 1 (lines) Kara McGonegle

Villager 2 — (lines) Ryleigh McFarland

Villager 3 — (lines) Kira Pearson

A Mother (Mob Song) — Sophia Carlson

Male Villager (Mob Song) Owen Hamlow

Female Villager (Mob Song) Alex Tiernan

Other Villagers — Collin Tornabane, Christian Stanley, Ben Barker, Makayla Liska, Sonia Sandvig, Grace Kraushaar, Lizzy Tiernan, Marissa Lindstrom

Backstage Help

Lily Powell

Ariana Schultz

Enchanted Castle Characters — The following performers will dress up as silverware, salt and pepper shakers, plates and other creatures in the castle:

Sammi Millea

Madison Tidwell

Alexis Hiracheta

Brie Coppinger

Grace Birkey

Claire Thompson

Lauren Gibb

Serenity Converse

Kate Birkey

Maeleena Meyer

Joscelyn Kahler

Ellie Habben

Lillie Nekvinda

Abigail Casciato

Jonathon Casciato

Willow Godfrey

Evelynn Arens

Olivia Daniel

Grace Nichols

Claire Jeong

Serenity Feldmann

Ellsie Cole

Melora Osai

Lauren Schelle

Shayley Butrick

Melena Osai

Margo Harman

Bailey Feldmann

Jonah Carlson

Eric Poole

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