‘Beauty and The Beast Jr.’
Tale as old as time — with a youthful twist
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
Enchanted Castle Characters — The following performers will dress up as silverware, salt and pepper shakers, plates and other creatures in the castle: