B&TB.6294By John Anderson

The sets are up, the cast is ready, and even the tea is steeping in the pot. This year’s middle school musical is destined to become another classic for director Karin Graves and her production team. The show is technically Beauty and the Beast Jr. since it is an adaptation for younger performers.

Nicholas Bartoli plays the Beast while Katelyn Norwood fills the female lead role, Belle. Gaston, the antagonist, is played by Peter Oliver in his debut performance.

The “animated objects” are Katie Bernard as Mrs. Potts, a teapot; Jessica Barrell as chip, a teacup; Zachary Hauge as Lumiere, a candelabra; Liz Johnson as Babette, a feather-duster; Sienna Miglin as Madam De La Grande Bouche, a wardrobe; and Rebecca Engel as Cogsworth, a mantle clock. Karin Graves always does an incredible job with costume design, so all of these characters will certainly be a treat for the audience.

Performances will be at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings this weekend. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but be early to get a good seat. Middle school students can buy tickets at their school.

Auburn Mass Daily supports this event and hopes all involved have a great time. The presence of the arts in our public schools gives our students both creative opportunities and experiences that will be remembered forever. Local businesses have given tremendous support and will be recognized in our story after the show.