The cast of Grosse Pointe South High School’s all-school musical rehearses  for “Beauty and the Beast” at the Christian A. Performaing Arts Center in  Grosse Pointe Woods.

The cast of Grosse Pointe South High School’s all-school musical rehearses for “Beauty and the Beast” at the Christian A. Performaing Arts Center in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Grosse Pointe South to perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 17, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — “Be Our Guest.”

That is the invitation on behalf of the Grosse Pointe Public School System students who will be performing in South’s all-school musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

The cast will bring the Disney favorite to the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 24; 7:30 p.m. April 25-27; and 2 p.m. April 28. The performing arts center is located at Grosse Pointe North High School, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.

All the high school students in the show are from South, and there also are students from the middle schools and elementary schools lending their talents.

In “Beauty and the Beast,” an arrogant prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress who turns the prince into the Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. As the “tale as old as time” continues, a village girl named Belle enters the castle after the Beast imprisons her father, Maurice. With the help of those around her, Belle begins to draw out the best in the Beast.

“The lessons are basic, but important,” South Drama Director Meaghan Dunham said in a prepared statement.  “Of course, we know that beauty is more than skin deep but this is also a story of jealousy, the pitfalls of arrogance, the path to redemption, parental love and more. ”

The show will feature two separate casts. Onstage in the Blue Cast will be Gabriela Moncivais as Belle, John O’Dell as the Beast, Emilio Garcia as Gaston, Kerrigan Dunham as LeFou, Andrew Fleming as Lumiere, Cate Christinidis as Mrs. Potts and Alex Cline as Chip. They will perform Wednesday morning, Thursday and Saturday.

The Gold Cast stars Grace Walsh as Belle, Tommy Thams as the Beast, Thomas Wacker as Gaston, Ethan Vernon as LeFou, Bobby Conlan as Lumiere, Melody Balos as Mrs. Potts and Bobby Cooper as Chip. The Gold Cast will perform Wednesday afternoon, Friday and Sunday.

Sam McLeod will be the narrator for both casts.

Elyse Tazzia is student director, Maya Petropoulous is dance captain, Sam Hermon is stage manager, and Awmeo Azad and Aiden Walsh are assistant stage managers. According to South Choir Director Christopher Pratt, who is the show’s music director, “the great thing” about “Beauty and the Beast” is that “everybody will recognize the songs and the story, yet the music is amazing and really stands the test of time.”

Tickets for “Beauty and the Beast” cost $15 for all lower-level seats. Balcony seats cost $12 or $9 for students or seniors. Tickets for the April 25-28 shows are available through the South Choir Boosters’ website at www.gpsouthchoir.org, and at Duffey & Co., 15120 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. Gold Cards will be accepted at Duffey & Co. and at the door. For tickets to the Wednesday, April 24, matinee shows, contact Anita Adams in the choir office at (313) 432-3638.

In addition to the live stage play — and for an additional fee — children of all ages can have Tea with Belle and her friends prior to the April 27 and April 28 shows. The cost is $15 per child and includes light snacks, beverages, a commemorative cookie and a chance to meet the characters in costume. Proceeds from the tea will benefit the South theater program.

For more information about the tea, visit gpsouthchoir.org or call Michelle Conlan at (313) 617-1500.